In Congo, where nearly two decades of war has claimed millions of lives, a civilian airport in the eastern city of Goma that has housed Congolese military arms also serves as a final resting place for abandoned aircraft—hulks that kids gleefully occupied during a break in the fighting a year ago. “Something about the situation captured the imagination,” says Michael Christopher Brown, a photographer based in Brooklyn who documented this unlikely outbreak of fun. “What young child would not want to walk on, in and around a big airplane? It was a giant playground.” The photograph’s poignance seems even more apt now, with the rebel militia M23 vowing in November to disband—a step toward ending the grisly conflict. “For now,” Brown says, “there is a chance for peace.”
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