Photo & Video Gallery

 Image captions taken directly from the book.

A MONUC Helicopter: "It was a lifeline in Kindu, and for us at the radio, our only way to reach the hinterlands. Whatever the reason, whatever the destination, we didn’t care. Provided MONUC AirOps granted us a seat, we would always cover the goings-on that justified the roughly $15,000 cost of the flight... On average, there was one flight a week"

"The Congo River... the Lualaba—that barraged through Kindu, at once dividing the city’s municipalities from each other and uniting them (in theory) via a national network of currents and tributaries—was raw, secretive, inhospitable."

"The Chinese Level II hospital was about nine tenths of the way to the airport, down a dirt cul-de-sac. I turned. The hospital was in sight..."

"The Chinese had saved my life; I knew that."

"It was square, boxlike—at least, a square on three sides, because the side facing away from us was a blue kind of half-moon balcony. On closer inspection, it was actually two separate structures connected by a passageway, all of it concrete brick and painted white with cyan-blue trimmings, though the white paint was visibly streaked with grime."

"I was following Mamadou into his office, soon to be mine, through a door at the back of the newsroom, next to the photocopier... more often than not, if anybody had been looking for me, they would’ve found me in my office, sitting behind the computer."

"I often accompanied MONUC colleagues to places like Kindu Central Prison (to take pictures of new mattresses being handed out)... Several days ago, Mamy had reported that some prisoners down the street were verging on starvation—among them, a boy of eleven mixed into the general population; he’d been jailed without trial for stealing someone’s cellphone."

"Voter registration started in Maniema in late August 2005. The day before, MONUC’s Electoral Assistance Division—in partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission, so everything orange and blue—led various sections in a motorized convoy through Kindu’s main axes.."

"Except for Laplume, who took the picture, we all wore MONUC baseball caps."