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BUMBA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO MARCH 28: An unidentified girl boards a boat with her mother in the port on March 28, 2006 in Bumba, Congo, DRC. Bumba is located along the Congo River. The river is a lifeline for millions of people, who depend on it for transport and trade. Many boats are traveling between Kisangani and Kinshasa, a distance of about 1750 kilometers, and many of them are stopping in Bumba to load charge goods and passengers. During the Mobuto era, big boats run by the state company ONATRA dominated the traffic on the river. These boats had cabins and restaurants etc. All the boats are now private and are mainly barges that transport goods. The crews sell tickets to passengers who travel in very bad conditions, mixing passengers with animals, goods and only about two toilets for five hundred passengers. The conditions on the boats often resemble conditions in a refugee camp. Congo is planning to hold general elections by July 2006, the first democratic elections in forty years. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)..
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