Local community Kalemie

These were my first meetings with the local community in Kalemie – so no helicopter ride this time.  I especially enjoyed meeting the “chefs coutumiers” – the traditional village chiefs”, who explained to us the security and protection issues they are dealing with in their areas. They spoke in Swahili, which was translated into French. Men and women work tirelessly for the protection of their communities, with very limited state assistance and against great odds.

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