The road south from Kitchanga snakes through some stunning landscape. Over towering hills and atop narrow cliffs with vertiginous drops on either side, lush and green, villages perch precipitously on the sides of steep embankments.
But don’t be fooled by the beauty. This hinterland in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has witnessed grotesque and prolific bloodletting in the past 20 years. People here have made efforts to heal the scars of the brutal ethnicity-based wars of the mid-1990s, but they now fear that a new conflict will open deadly divisions between communities once again.
For more on this story, visit: In Democratic Republic of the Congo, fear of new ethnic conflict is tangible | World news | The Guardian.