Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Congo Airport Playground (19 Pics)

Some people’s instagram accounts are full of cat pictures or fashion selfies or cupcakes. And then there’s the instagram account of photographer Michael Christopher Brown, who hangs out with Congolese street kids in airplane graveyards. From the looks of his instagram photos, Michael hasn’t been back home to Brooklyn in almost two years. His profile is a continuously stunning feed of raw and intimate glimpses into a world where most photojournalists won’t venture. Young, brave and curious, Michael has a knack for finding the beauty in the most unfortunate of places. Congo’s airport playground where the landing gear of a rusting aircraft doubles as a kids’ jungle gym, is one of those places his curiosity led him…
Abandoned planes are a common site at airports in Africa. At Goma Airport, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, planes left due to wars and volcanic eruptions over the past two decades have become a playground for street children, some of whom sell the parts which are made into stoves and other items to be sold on the streets of Goma.

One is generally prohibited from photographing this airport but in mid-December, 2012, after the M23 rebel force which occupied Goma left and before the FARDC (military of the D.R.C.) returned to the city, a security vacuum meant that nobody was guarding this section of the airport.

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