ALEX ENGWETE

Congologie : Espace d’analyses et d’opinions sur la culture et la politique du sous-continent de la République Démocratique du Congo. Contact: alexengwete@gmail.com

Kinshasa 2006: Photo Essay

All pictures of this photo essay were taken by ALEX ENGWETE in Kinshasa (DRC), using the still photo function of the CANON OPTURA 600 digital videocamcorder. Most photos---especially the ones featuring crowd scenes---were taken on July 27, 2006, the last legal day of campaigning in the first turn of the presidential election, the very same day that the presidential contender Jean-Pierre Bemba held a rally at the Tata Raphael soccer stadium, the venue of the Rumble in the Jungle bout which pitted Mohammad Ali and George Foreman. (While some of the photos were taken in the Bandalungwa district, most of them were taken in the Matonge neighborhood in the vicinity of the stadium). As Bemba was holding his rally, his militiamen's quarters blew up (an apparent accident due to poor storage of ordnances), which sent his followers, who assumed foul play, on a bloody rampage throughout the city.

35 photo(s) - Diaporama

Po o'vivre Mwana' Chine Parking Moelarts Parking Moelarts 2 Parking Moelarts 3 Kasavubu against the background of Kasavubu Kasavubu against the background of Kasavubu 2 Kasavubu against the background of Kasavubu 3 Bandal Moelarts Bandal Moelarts two Bandal Moelarts three Bandal Moelarts four Colette Tchomba Campaign Poster (Moelarts) Leaving Moelarts on Kasavubu Avenue Leaving Moelarts two Place Victoire: Place Victoire: Mitterrand's 1981 Slogan Reappropriated (Victoire) Mitterrand's Slogan Reappropriated (Victoire) Victoire: Traffic Cop Victoire again Victoire again two Victoire again three Oshwe Avenue: Bemba supporters heading to stadium Oshwe two (Matonge) Oshwe three Oshwe four Oshwe five Goat Kebab despite everything (Oshwe) Kabila as a dog mascot of Bemba's supporters Kabila as a dog mascot of Bemba's supporters (two) Kabila as a dog mascot of Bemba's supporters (three) Bemba supporters Bemba supporters (two) Bemba supporters against the background of the stadium