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11.26.13 DRC: Inkisi

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KIN_2468Bookshelf in the Kamena home. Inkisi, Democratic Republic of Congo. 2012.

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Written by Sarah Stacke

November 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

07.17.11 DRC: Inkisi

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When I read about Obama’s promising initiative called “Powering Africa” in the New York Times yesterday, I thought about the nights I spent in Inkisi, Democratic Republic of Congo, watching my hosts cook dinner with the light of an LED lamp. Similar to the Headlamp Series, the images below capture glimpses of typically public scenes that seem to become intimate and private in the dark. I can only imagine how this courtyard will be transformed when the electricity works through the night.

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Mamie. 2012.

Written by Sarah Stacke

July 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

07.11.13 DRC: Peniel at Home

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Peniel Katembera at home.

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Written by Sarah Stacke

July 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

05.06.13 DRC: Presenting DRC

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In late March I was invited to speak about my work in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade French classes at a middle school in Hillsborough, NC. The goal was to give the students an idea how French can be used in careers, and in countries other than France. I tried, through the pictures I showed and my words, to introduce the students to the uniqueness of DRC while at the same time highlighting what Congolese youth might have in common with American youth. When I had some time to reflect after the two days of presentations, I was–perhaps naively–surprised that the overwhelming impression of Africa existing in the students’ heads was one of a rural, technologically lacking lifestyle. Very few of the students thought of Africa as a place they would like to visit. This leads to me believe that little has changed in the perception of Africa between this young generation and the one before it.

I hope my images, at the very least, caused the students to question the ideas of Africa that they held. They certainly asked me a lot of wonderful and questions about food, education, jobs, safety and housing. A good start, I think. Below are a few of letters of thanks I received following the visit. It was an absolute pleasure to show my images to such a curious crowd.

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Written by Sarah Stacke

May 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

02.08.13 DRC: Prisca & Vicky

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Commune of Masina in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

This image was made shortly after Vicky was reunited with her daughter, Prisca, who had been living on the streets.  The reunion was made possible through the efforts of Karibu Kinshasa, a nonprofit located in Kin.

Kinshasa, DRC. August, 2012. Vicky & Prisca. Masina. Karibu Kinshasa.

Written by Sarah Stacke

February 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

02.08.13 DRC: Peniel & Jeremie

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Peniel and her brother Jérémie watching TV during a school holiday.

Kinshasa, DRC. December, 2012. Katembera House. Jérémie et Peniel.

Written by Sarah Stacke

February 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

11.24.12 DRC: Studio “Amis Photo”

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Photographer Jean-Paul Clement of Studio “Amis Photo.”

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Written by Sarah Stacke

November 24, 2012 at 11:21 am