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BUMBA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO APRIL 8: Children play outside a hut in a fisherman camp along the Cong River on April 8, 2006 outside Bumba, Congo, DRC. The Congo River is a lifeline for millions of people, who depend on it for transport and trade. The camp is along the river between Kisangani and Kinshasa, a journey of about 1750 kilometers. Many boats cargo and passenger boats pass the village and the fishermen sell fresh fish to the 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/Getty Images)..
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