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LUKUTU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO MARCH 20: An unidentified villager counts his money after selling a big lizard on March 20, 2006 in Lukutu, Congo, DRC. About five hundred people traveled on a boat from Kisangani to Kinshasa, a distance of 1750 kilometers, and a journey that takes 3-7 weeks depending on the boat. Congo River is a lifeline for millions of people, who depend on it for transport and trade. 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)...