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This is the third installment in the Times-News Refugee series. In this installment, Photojournalist Pat Sutphin explores the civil landscape of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and how it led to one family's exile.
Conflict in the Congo between 1998 and 2007 has claimed between 3 million and 5.4 million lives, according to an International Rescue Committee study. The Second Congo War — which spanned from 1998 to 2003 — was the deadliest dispute since World War II.
For those who were born in the wrong tribe, speaking the wrong language as their native tongue, or even from the wrong side of the country, options were limited. Either they fled, or they became victims of the genocide of their nation.
For Samuel Mgbokpwo and more than 800,000 citizens of his country, the choice was obvious. They decided to flee.
Nothing was out of the ordinary in the Magic Valley on March 26.
JEROME — A Jerome County inmate has accused the jail of “starving” its inmates.