I'm Africa

Collection with 31 media items created by Gabriele Orlini

Democratic Republic of Congo 08 Sep 2017 07:44

You are confusing the circulatory system with this maze of meandering, twisted like cells of the brain – wire meshes and tangles, resemble memory – each with a story to hide or to be dissolved, there just behind a gauze suspended between the face and the hanging ceiling, hanging between the faces and walls.
You do not know if they are roots or hair those that sink in water, and in the sky – in the sky from where the water is more than any imagined Africa.

The sky of thick foliage, of dry logs as your crosses and you do not know if they are branches or knots of hair braiding those who see blacks under the smoky clouds. There are more signs on the ground and more signs on the water that on the blackboard, which does not pass the history of your steps, but one of the steps of foreigners on your land.

A whirlpool in the lazy river as you sleep. A run in the tall grass, cutting edges. A jump and a heavy bag on your head, the water reflects other water and the tree grows from your shoulders, soon broken up by life that your father has left the crooked stick.

This is a Story
As every story, it’s made by Moments, Instants, People, Places.
Different but indissolubly tied together by invisible and indivisible light threads.
It’s not a tale of Africa but it’s a story of Men, or of a single Man.
It’s the tale of a centuries-old Tree with its roots - the wrinkled and strong arms of an old lady- searching for life in the depths of the river.
It’s the story of a Woman who stretches the same roots to the sky as if to contrast a law of nature.

In Africa there’s nothing that doesn’t come into being from the earth and nothing that’s not raised towards the sky that dominates everything.
It’s the tale of a River that flows for thousands of years in a land that’s fighting for his identity for a thousands of years.
It’s the same River that carries along life and death, the end and the beginning. 
A River able to nurture, a River able to kill.

It’s the tale of many Men leaving in search of something that doesn’t have a name yet.

It’s the tale of a Color in which all the colors are alike, the story of an escape towards places so far away, drawn in a map by Red Soil and where all the paths come together.

It’s the tale of a Red Soil that stains your feet and goes inside you
It goes deep into your blood and fires it up.

And it’s useless to wash your body in the river at the end of the day: the Red Soil has left a mark on everything you have and everything you are. 
It’s the tale of a Disease without a cure.
It’s the tale of a Rain that comes from the silence of a blue sky and with a din fills the buckets of the village.
It’s the tale of many other Tales.
It's the story of those who live and consume that Land.
It’s the story of who has being worn out by that Land.
And it’s also the tale of a Mondele, a White Man.
A tale of the moment in which he asked to himself: “What if I was born here?
And then he understood the only possible answer: “I am Africa”.

 

Africa Democratic R... Documentary Photojournalism Reportage Black & White

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01_Katanga0677_16-01-11_151954
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

Located in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo with an area of about 500,000 square km and a population of about 6 million inhabitants, the Province of Katanga is one of the most prosperous regions, rich in mineral deposits and water resources of Central Africa.

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02_Katanga0972_17-01-11_092616
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

High percentage of births as a result of violence and rape. The primary health care services of the state are absent and the few missionaries and NGOs are run by some private dispensarti and health centers. Given the scarcity of health facilities, it happens that a woman walk many Km on foot in full throes.

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03_Katanga3048_22-01-11_110628
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The Lulua is the largest river in the region, is rich in fish, very deep and dangerous also because of the animals along the banks that are difficult to access because of the rich vegetation and mangroves.
It is used as the communication route and is devoid of bridges. The only way to cross it is the use of canoes and ferries rowing.

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04_Katanga0976_17-01-11_092914
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

Congolese women are tall and have a proud attitude also because of their descent from warrior race; they have a particular way of putting the hair rarely found in other African states.

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05_Katanga2177_20-01-11_072704
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

Since the time of the Belgian colony, the entire region has seen a great Catholic missionary presence: from the Franciscans to the Jesuits to Salvatorian, and lately a growing Anglican. To date, the choice to pursue a religious life, for the youth of the place, is often given by the certainty of having a meal and a secure future.

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06_Katanga1929_18-01-11_162801
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The region is influenced by the typical climate of central Africa: a dry season and a rainy season. During the rainy season they experience sudden, brief, violent storms and several times a day that are the main cause destruction of villages, or the spread of malaria.

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07_Katanga1960_18-01-11_170528
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The region is influenced by the typical climate of central Africa: a dry season and a rainy season. During the rainy season they experience sudden, brief, violent storms and several times a day that are the main cause destruction of villages, or the spread of malaria.

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08_Katanga1943_18-01-11_163254
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The region is influenced by the typical climate of central Africa: a dry season and a rainy season. During the rainy season they experience sudden, brief, violent storms and several times a day that are the main cause destruction of villages, or the spread of malaria.

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09_Katanga3623_24-01-11_090725
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The health system is entrusted to the missionary religious that creates and manages health centers and dispensaries in remote areas, while the best equipped hospitals are found only in large cities.
It is quite frequent that dispensaries are often plundered to sell medicines on the black market.

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10_Katanga1970_18-01-11_185727
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The Lulua is the largest river in the region, is rich in fish, very deep and dangerous also because of the animals along the banks that are difficult to access because of the rich vegetation and mangroves.
It is used as the communication route and is devoid of bridges. The only way to cross it is the use of canoes and ferries rowing.

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11_Katanga2339_20-01-11_105235
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The region is very rich in water with important rivers and many affluents. However only a very small part is used to produce electricity. The area of Kapanga, one and a half Belgium is almost no electricity.

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12_Katanga0964_17-01-11_092508
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

High percentage of births as a result of violence and rape. The primary health care services of the state are absent and the few missionaries and NGOs are run by some private dispensarti and health centers. Given the scarcity of health facilities, it happens that a woman walk many Km on foot in full throes.

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13_Katanga3045_22-01-11_110601
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The Lulua is the largest river in the region, is rich in fish, very deep and dangerous also because of the animals along the banks that are difficult to access because of the rich vegetation and mangroves.
It is used as the communication route and is devoid of bridges. The only way to cross it is the use of canoes and ferries rowing.

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14_Katanga2938_21-01-11_175827
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

High percentage of births as a result of violence and rape. The primary health care services of the state are absent and the few missionaries and NGOs are run by some private dispensarti and health centers. Given the scarcity of health facilities, it happens that a woman walk many Km on foot in full throes.

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15_Katanga3126_22-01-11_124631
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The Lulua is the largest river in the region, is rich in fish, very deep and dangerous also because of the animals along the banks that are difficult to access because of the rich vegetation and mangroves.
It is used as the communication route and is devoid of bridges. The only way to cross it is the use of canoes and ferries rowing.

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16_Katanga3233_22-01-11_174015
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
02 Mar 2011

Since the time of the Belgian colony, the entire region has seen a great Catholic missionary presence: from the Franciscans to the Jesuits to Salvatorian, and lately a growing Anglican. To date, the choice to pursue a religious life, for the youth of the place, is often given by the certainty of having a meal and a secure future.

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Title photo for the collection
17_Katanga2869_21-01-11_165905
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The whole area of Kapanga is mostly roadless and disconnected from the communication network of the country. The area, also due to the presence of the Lulua River, is very rich in forests and fields where it is cultivated cassava. To walk in these areas is particularly difficult and dangerous.

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18_Katanga2248_20-01-11_101437
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The whole area of Kapanga is mostly roadless and disconnected from the communication network of the country. The area, also due to the presence of the Lulua River, is very rich in forests and fields where it is cultivated cassava. To walk in these areas is particularly difficult and dangerous.

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19_Katanga2875_21-01-11_170521
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

Since the time of the Belgian colony, the entire region has seen a great Catholic missionary presence: from the Franciscans to the Jesuits to Salvatorian, and lately a growing Anglican. To date, the choice to pursue a religious life, for the youth of the place, is often given by the certainty of having a meal and a secure future.

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20_Katanga2193_20-01-11_081929
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The area, often roadless, is disconnected to the communication network of the country. The only motorized vehicles are usually owned by the religious missions.

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21_Katanga1478_18-01-11_085505
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The construction and management of schools is left to religious missions in the area, the same way of sanitary works. The State educates and pays the teachers who go to teach in the villages. The village schools are to address professional.

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22_Katanga3748_24-01-11_183450
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The area, often roadless, is disconnected to the communication network of the country. For that reason it is normal to walk many kilometers on foot to bring to market their goods.

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23_Katanga3652_24-01-11_092501
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The health system is entrusted to the missionary religious that creates and manages health centers and dispensaries in remote areas, while the best equipped hospitals are found only in large cities.
It is quite frequent that dispensaries are often plundered to sell medicines on the black market.

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24_Katanga3686_24-01-11_094617
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The health system is entrusted to the missionary religious that creates and manages health centers and dispensaries in remote areas, while the best equipped hospitals are found only in large cities.
It is quite frequent that dispensaries are often plundered to sell medicines on the black market.

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25_Katanga3673_24-01-11_093802
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

Since the time of the Belgian colony, the entire region has seen a great Catholic missionary presence: from the Franciscans to the Jesuits to Salvatorian, and lately a growing Anglican. To date, the choice to pursue a religious life, for the youth of the place, is often given by the certainty of having a meal and a secure future.

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27_Katanga3659_24-01-11_092927
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The health system is entrusted to the missionary religious that creates and manages health centers and dispensaries in remote areas, while the best equipped hospitals are found only in large cities.
It is quite frequent that dispensaries are often plundered to sell medicines on the black market.

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26_Katanga3691_24-01-11_101401
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The health system is entrusted to the missionary religious that creates and manages health centers and dispensaries in remote areas, while the best equipped hospitals are found only in large cities.
It is quite frequent that dispensaries are often plundered to sell medicines on the black market.

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28_Katanga1820_18-01-11_155916
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The community of Museny live virtually isolated from the rest of the region because of the lack of roads and bridges on the river Lulua. It 'absolutely normal for them to spend their entire lives within the village.

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29_Katanga2831_21-01-11_162958
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

The cultivation of cassava takes a few years and it is normal to entrust children to guard the camps. Each child has an individual plot of land which is solely responsible.

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30_Katanga4158_25-01-11_162144
Prov. Du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
19 Feb 2011

Aerial view of the village of Musumba.
The whole area of Kapanga is mostly roadless and disconnected the communication network of the country.