All kinds of troops walk around the city of Goma. The military, the police, UN peacekeepers and soldiers. And then there are the Scouts. Brought in from South Africa in the early 1900s, the institution of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts survived through wars and censorship, providing a structure to the unstable country’s youth and an alternative to violence. As of 2010, the country counted more than 71,000 Scouts. Photographer Simone Bazos lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for six months last year. Intrigued by their modesty and their sense of community, she spent time within their ranks. She talked to R&K from Baltimore.
Roads & Kingdoms: What was it like working in the DRC?
Simone Bazos: It is really the most inspiring and beautiful place I have ever been. I covered the end of the war and while that was very exciting work, I wish I could have stayed longer to see how things developed after it was officially over. I have stayed in touch with most of my friends there and it looks like so much has changed already.