Adrienne Surprenant - A canal in the 2nd borough is overflowing and flooding the surrounding neighbourhoods. Garbage and residues from the open air toilets are contaminating the water. Theres a fear that a cholera epidemic starts due to the flood. October 30th, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
A canal in the 2nd borough is overflowing and flooding the surrounding neighbourhoods. Garbage and residues from the open air toilets are contaminating the water. There's a fear that a cholera epidemic starts due to the flood. October 30th, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
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- Adrienne Surprenant - “For a family here, it is not easy to have enough money to build a house like that. Now, people have to start all over again, start from zero,” deplores Kaleb, 22-years-old, while wandering by boat in the streets of his the neighbourhood where he grew up. November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
“For a family here, it is not easy to have enough money to build a house like that. Now, people have to start all over again, start from zero,” deplores Kaleb, 22-years-old, while wandering by boat in the streets of his the neighbourhood where he grew up. November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Simon and Boubou carry the things of Marguerite Bangui out of her house, as water is raising towards her porch. Marguerite will go live in a house she’s building, farther away from Ubangi River. “I’ve never seen such a disastrous situation here. But my neighbours are even worse off than I am,” she says. November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
Simon and Boubou carry the things of Marguerite Bangui out of her house, as water is raising towards her porch. Marguerite will go live in a house she’s building, farther away from Ubangi River. “I’ve never seen such a disastrous situation here. But my neighbours are even worse off than I am,” she says. November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Sylvain Kondondi, 39-years-old, opens the door to his land, surrounded by ducks. He’s a chauffeur but lost his driving permit in the flooding of his house, on the 16th of October 2019. “The water I find myself in is dirty, full of excrements. Since I left my house, the condition I live in is hard to describe,” he says. He stays in a neighbour’s home, some 700 meters away, but does not sleep much. Most of the night, he watches so his house doesn’t get stolen. November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
Sylvain Kondondi, 39-years-old, opens the door to his land, surrounded by ducks. He’s a chauffeur but lost his driving permit in the flooding of his house, on the 16th of October 2019. “The water I find myself in is dirty, full of excrements. Since I left my house, the condition I live in is hard to describe,” he says. He stays in a neighbour’s home, some 700 meters away, but does not sleep much. Most of the night, he watches so his house doesn’t get stolen. November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
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- Adrienne Surprenant - Hundreds of women and children have been temporarily relodged at the Omnisport Stadium. As it is a private space, and used for a lot of activities, they have been moved back to sites made of tents, and near the water, just a week later. One of the displaced, Nadège, complains “the level of hygiene is so low. It is the first time I had to sleep on the ground, in the middle of so many people. But we are obliged to stay where they tell us. We don’t know where else we could go.” November 4, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
Hundreds of women and children have been temporarily relodged at the Omnisport Stadium. As it is a private space, and used for a lot of activities, they have been moved back to sites made of tents, and near the water, just a week later. One of the displaced, Nadège, complains “the level of hygiene is so low. It is the first time I had to sleep on the ground, in the middle of so many people. But we are obliged to stay where they tell us. We don’t know where else we could go.” November 4, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Chantale, mother of three, woke up two weeks ago with the water rising in her house, touching her bed. I did not understand what was happening, she recalls. She left quickly and lost a lot. On the displaced peoples site where she stays, there are no toilets, few mosquito nets and no drinkable water. She fears for the health of her kids.
Chantale, mother of three, woke up two weeks ago with the water rising in her house, touching her bed. "I did not understand what was happening," she recalls. She left quickly and "lost a lot." On the displaced people's site where she stays, there are no toilets, few mosquito nets and no drinkable water. She fears for the health of her kids.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Items rescued by Aubin Kongbia, 51, from his flooded house. It is not in two days, nor in two months that I had built that home. Im never going to be able to reconstruct, he says. His mud-bricks house fell in the waters one day after they left it. Aubin now lives with his six kids and 3 other large families in a house under construction that a neighbour landed to them.
Items rescued by Aubin Kongbia, 51, from his flooded house. "It is not in two days, nor in two months that I had built that home. I'm never going to be able to reconstruct," he says. His mud-bricks house fell in the waters one day after they left it. Aubin now lives with his six kids and 3 other large families in a house under construction that a neighbour landed to them.
- Adrienne Surprenant - A house is seen at night in a flooded neighbourhood of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, during a night patrol organised by the neighbourhoods youth.
A house is seen at night in a flooded neighbourhood of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, during a night patrol organised by the neighbourhood's youth.
- Adrienne Surprenant - A truck carrying women and children dislodged by the floods arrived at the Omnisport stadium. 1300 people were relocated there in the wait of a more durable shelter. October 29th, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
A truck carrying women and children dislodged by the floods arrived at the Omnisport stadium. 1300 people were relocated there in the wait of a more durable shelter. October 29th, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Parfait Madigoto (in red) and two younger neighbours walk in their inundated street, in Bimbo neighbourhood. “Water raised little by little. One morning, we saw it was already inside the house. I got my wife and three children out. The man stayed behind to keep an eye on our belongings,” he explains. Two nights ago, gun shots broken the silence of the night: a neighbour got robbed. “We face many dangers, with the snakes and the mosquitos. We can’t feel well. We don’t know what to do.” November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
Parfait Madigoto (in red) and two younger neighbours walk in their inundated street, in Bimbo neighbourhood. “Water raised little by little. One morning, we saw it was already inside the house. I got my wife and three children out. The man stayed behind to keep an eye on our belongings,” he explains. Two nights ago, gun shots broken the silence of the night: a neighbour got robbed. “We face many dangers, with the snakes and the mosquitos. We can’t feel well. We don’t know what to do.” November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Désiré Ndoumba, a 50-years-old father of 8, hosted around 50 of his neighbours when the floods invaded their homes. At first they sleep in the back of his house, on a small portion of land spared by the waters. When it rained, all 50 people would fit in his house. I cant just stare at the people staying homeless. Thats why I opened my doors to them, so that they can sleep well, and that everyone has at least a small space, she says. Now only 30 people remain, and as the water level dropped, they have a bit more space to sleep. He lives in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic.
Désiré Ndoumba, a 50-years-old father of 8, hosted around 50 of his neighbours when the floods invaded their homes. At first they sleep in the back of his house, on a small portion of land spared by the waters. When it rained, all 50 people would fit in his house. "I can't just stare at the people staying homeless. That's why I opened my doors to them, so that they can sleep well, and that everyone has at least a small space," she says. Now only 30 people remain, and as the water level dropped, they have a bit more space to sleep. He lives in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - During a nighttime patrol, young people from the neighbourhood make rounds from 12 to 3am, by fear that robbers steal the roofs, or the furniture that remained in their flooded houses.
During a nighttime patrol, young people from the neighbourhood make rounds from 12 to 3am, by fear that robbers steal the roofs, or the furniture that remained in their flooded houses.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Mothers install the mosquito nets for their children, that will sleep on the ground in front of Désirés house. At night, mosquitos and Nairobi flies bit the kids and their parents. All but one person living at Désirés house got sick since they lost their homes.
Mothers install the mosquito nets for their children, that will sleep on the ground in front of Désiré's house. At night, mosquitos and Nairobi flies bit the kids and their parents. All but one person living at Désiré's house got sick since they lost their homes.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Prince Mobilignawa, a 24-years-old administration student, was forced to stop sleeping in his house when the bedrooms were flooded. The surrounding land is filled with a greenish stagnant water. The neighbour hosts his family and 16 other displaced people. Amongst them, five fell sick. They have continuous fever since a week. Some even had convulsions. “I am, so worried,” says Prince. “The house is in a bad state, we are not at peace.” November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
Prince Mobilignawa, a 24-years-old administration student, was forced to stop sleeping in his house when the bedrooms were flooded. The surrounding land is filled with a greenish stagnant water. The neighbour hosts his family and 16 other displaced people. Amongst them, five fell sick. They have continuous fever since a week. Some even had convulsions. “I am, so worried,” says Prince. “The house is in a bad state, we are not at peace.” November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - On the Île aux Singes, located in the middle of Ubangui River, all the population has fled. Two weeks after the beginning of the floods, the mud-bricks walls of the houses have melted, and many structures fell. November 4, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
On the Île aux Singes, located in the middle of Ubangui River, all the population has fled. Two weeks after the beginning of the floods, the mud-bricks walls of the houses have melted, and many structures fell. November 4, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Georgine Kouangassam, 54-years-old mother of 16 and grand-mother multiple times, prays on the tomb of her grand-daughter Angela. The water rose in their house at night, and as everyone was getting out in the dark, in a mess, her grand-daughter Angela, 3-years-old, was forgotten inside and died drowned.
Georgine Kouangassam, 54-years-old mother of 16 and grand-mother multiple times, prays on the tomb of her grand-daughter Angela. The water rose in their house at night, and as everyone was getting out in the dark, in a mess, her grand-daughter Angela, 3-years-old, was forgotten inside and died drowned.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Paterne Kongbouali, 22-years-old, closes the window of a bedroom before leaving his family house. “I feel as if it is the end of the world, I don’t know,” he says. “With that event, my family is dispersed, the young man have to stay near our house, the women left.” November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
Paterne Kongbouali, 22-years-old, closes the window of a bedroom before leaving his family house. “I feel as if it is the end of the world, I don’t know,” he says. “With that event, my family is dispersed, the young man have to stay near our house, the women left.” November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Chantale, mother of three, woke up two weeks ago with the water rising in her house, touching her bed. I did not understand what was happening, she recalls. She left quickly and lost a lot. On the displaced peoples site where she stays, there are no toilets, few mosquito nets and no drinkable water. She fears for the health of her kids.
Chantale, mother of three, woke up two weeks ago with the water rising in her house, touching her bed. "I did not understand what was happening," she recalls. She left quickly and "lost a lot." On the displaced people's site where she stays, there are no toilets, few mosquito nets and no drinkable water. She fears for the health of her kids.
- Adrienne Surprenant - A family of 42 people lives amongst the other displaced in a large tent at the Socada site. “We need mats, covers, and clothes,” says Rigoberta Gueremondere, 19 years old (center of the image). “We’ve been told we would stay here until the dry season, maybe three or four months. But our houses are fully destructed. We will need help from the government or organisations. Without it, our situation will be severe.” November 5, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
A family of 42 people lives amongst the other displaced in a large tent at the Socada site. “We need mats, covers, and clothes,” says Rigoberta Gueremondere, 19 years old (center of the image). “We’ve been told we would stay here until the dry season, maybe three or four months. But our houses are fully destructed. We will need help from the government or organisations. Without it, our situation will be severe.” November 5, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Grâce à Dieu, the son of Île aux Singe’s chief, is cleaning a boat next to people taking the Ubangi River’s water to wash clothes and utensils. Twice a day, they receive a bucket of drinkable water. November 4, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
Grâce à Dieu, the son of Île aux Singe’s chief, is cleaning a boat next to people taking the Ubangi River’s water to wash clothes and utensils. Twice a day, they receive a bucket of drinkable water. November 4, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - “I have to go check on her because she lived through the same difficulties as I did” he said, when showing the loss of his neighbour Locadie Lapenda, 30-years-old mother of four, eight months pregnant and abandoned by her husband three months ago. They stand in her field of rice, completely flooded. Overall, she lost 5 hectares of sowing seeds because of the inundation.
“I have to go check on her because she lived through the same difficulties as I did” he said, when showing the loss of his neighbour Locadie Lapenda, 30-years-old mother of four, eight months pregnant and abandoned by her husband three months ago. They stand in her field of rice, completely flooded. Overall, she lost 5 hectares of sowing seeds because of the inundation.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Nina Yaeke, 30-years-old mother of 8, used to live on the Monkey Island, midway between the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the Ubangi River. She completely lost her home to the water, and hopes to live in Bangui in the future, scared more floods happen in the coming years, and inundate the island again.
Nina Yaeke, 30-years-old mother of 8, used to live on the Monkey Island, midway between the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the Ubangi River. She completely lost her home to the water, and hopes to live in Bangui in the future, scared more floods happen in the coming years, and inundate the island again.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Central African NGO Gavi is distributing mosquito nets to the displaced people at the Socada site. Local NGO’s and the government have been at the forefront of the emergency response. November 5, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
Central African NGO Gavi is distributing mosquito nets to the displaced people at the Socada site. Local NGO’s and the government have been at the forefront of the emergency response. November 5, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - One of the walls of Paterne’s family house have fell to the ground. “Other houses have fallen, I fear mine does too,” he says. Even with some walls still standing, his family lost their television, some furniture, and important papers. “I’m a student and I have lost my notebooks, I can’t go to school since two weeks.” November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
One of the walls of Paterne’s family house have fell to the ground. “Other houses have fallen, I fear mine does too,” he says. Even with some walls still standing, his family lost their television, some furniture, and important papers. “I’m a student and I have lost my notebooks, I can’t go to school since two weeks.” November 5, 2019. Bimbo, the Central African Republic.
- Adrienne Surprenant - The Minister in charge of humanitarian affairs is planning to relocate the displaced in three to four sites. They are under construction, like the Socada site pictured above. November 4, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
The Minister in charge of humanitarian affairs is planning to relocate the displaced in three to four sites. They are under construction, like the Socada site pictured above. November 4, 2019. Bangui, the Central African Republic.
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