Sitting in a deck chair at a white South African squatter camp, Ann le Roux (60) holds a yellowing photo from her daughter's wedding day.
If not by the gun, many in the DRC die from conflict-induced illnesses, preventable diseases or hunger in a resource-rich but shattered nation.
Hundreds of DRC rebel fighters pulled back on Wednesday from frontline positions in a move the UN hopes will open the way for peace talks.
Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda agreed on Sunday to take part in UN-backed peace talks, but fighting between the army and rebels raged on.
A United Nations envoy met Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda for talks to seek peace in eastern DRC on Sunday as fresh fighting flared.
Harsh light and shifting shadows in the windblown desert of eastern Chad can conjure strange images, but this was no mirage.
Chad accused Sudan's army of attacking a town on its eastern border on Tuesday and blamed its neighbour for Chadian rebel raids.
After another tense day of photographing riots, mob violence and gun battles in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) capital Kinshasa, I head not to the nearest bar, but to a dilapidated compound, home to children crippled by polio. There, among dozens of twisted bodies and withered limbs, the day's tension melts away.