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LUKUTU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO MARCH 21: A unidentified woman waits to visit the bathroom as a man is waiting for a call on his mobile phone on March 21, 2006 outside Lukutu, Congo, DRC. They are traveling on a boat on the Congo River from Kisangani to Kinshasa. The Congo River is a lifeline for millions of people, who depend on it for transport and trade. The distance from Kisangani to Kinshasa is about 1750 kilometers, and it takes from 3-7 weeks, depending on the boat. 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/Getty Images)...
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