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MediaStorm: Rape of a Nation by Photographer, Marcus Bleasdale

I always love journalism photography esp. war journalism photography b'coz of the stark realism of life and death in front of your face and the personal reflection of the photographer in the shots he/she takes is something I hope to learn in depth.

Although the shots aren't like James Nachtwey's, Marcus Bleasdale's photography brought about another sensitive perspective into the war and life in Congo.

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About the project:
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to the deadliest war in the world today. An estimated 5.4 million people have died since 1998, the largest death toll since the Second World War, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

IRC reports that as many as 45,000 people die each month in the Congo. Most deaths are due to easily preventable and curable conditions, such as malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, malnutrition, and neonatal problems and are byproducts of a collapsed healthcare system and a devastated economy.

The people living in the mining towns of eastern Congo are among the worst off. Militia groups and government forces battle on a daily basis for control of the mineral-rich areas where they can exploit gold, coltan, cassiterite and diamonds.

After successive waves of fighting and ten years of war, there are no hospitals, few roads and limited NGO and UN presence because it is too dangerous to work in many of these regions. The West's desire for minerals and gems has contributed to a fundamental breakdown in the social structure.

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