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Moulding the earth | by Julien Harneis
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Moulding the earth

Because of war swathes of Fizi territory, South Kivu, were abandoned between 1998 and 2006. During that time houses and schools were burnt, the adobe bricks melting back into the earth from which they came.

With AVSI and the community UNICEF is rehabilitating or rebuilding 7 schools in the south east of the territory. We monitored 2 school construction sites in Kilembwe. On the site the builders were digging out the rich red earth, wetting it, moulding it and baking it, to make the bricks of the new school. I watched in fascination as the raw materials of a school were coaxed out of the earth.


THE NEED: return kids to school after 8 years of war

THE ACTION: Construction of seven primary schools in Fizi Territory, South Kivu, D.R.Congo

NON-PROFIT ORG: UNICEF project developer and AVSI implementing partner ( and )

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Taken on June 18, 2007