The journey to peace

At a time when there is renewed international attention on eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this photo essay offers a brief and compelling insight into the lives of small-scale cross-border traders in the Great Lakes region. Since 2009 International Alert has been working to strengthen women’s economic empowerment and build trust across borders in a region long torn apart by violence and where tensions remain high. In 2013 we commissioned award-winning photographer Carol Allen-Storey and independent researcher Alexis Bouvy to travel to eastern DRC and document the importance and transformative potential of cross-border trade to people’s livelihoods, to tell the story of the daily lives of small-scale traders from DRC, as well as Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. (Français)

Watch a video of the photo story here.