This is a selection of the 50 Congolese citizens photographed by internationally acclaimed Flemish photographer Stephan Vanfleteren (1969, Belgium). His trademark black and white portraiture shows individuals from all walks of life. Their country gained independence from Belgium 50 years ago. Unfortunately, amid high hopes the country remains mired in war, corruption and poverty. With a population of more than 68 million, the Democratic Republic of Congo is the eighteenth most populous nation in the world, and the third largest country in Africa by area. Its citizens are currently among the poorest in the world, having the second lowest nominal GDP per capita according to the IMF.
Congo at 50 was featured in GUP#27, the Anniversary issue.