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Heart of darkness

A woman sells beans in the main market of Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo (photo removed due to rights expiration). In eastern Congo, marks of civil war stand in plain view: bullet-peppered walls; graves in the red earth; dreary, ill-equipped hospitals caring for thousands dying from the aftereffects. The U.N. Organization Mission in the DRC says 30,000 die each month, 38 percent suffer malnutrition and children as young as 7 are recruited into the rebel militia. More than 3.5 million have died from the conflict since 1998.


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