snapshots from the congolese elections
Goma is hopeful:
"In the eastern town of Goma, capital of a largely lawless province still subject to sporadic fighting, residents say they're keen to vote and desperate for peace. 'We have had too much war here, too much death,' said Clarice Muhindo, 32, who operates a small store in Goma's market. "
It's raining in Kinshasa:
"In a city without public transport or official taxis, the torrential storm turned the seemingly simple act of voting into a watery test in Kinshasa, and pushed back the opening of many polling stations.
"Still others viewed the rains as auspicious. For Matonge voter Yvonne, 57, they represented a 'grace from God,' that would 'cool tensions' between the warring camps of the two candidates. "
Someone died in Bumba:
"At least one person was killed Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), apparently over an alleged bid to stuff ballots, as people voted in the second round of a landmark presidential election, a UN spokeswoman said."