Diamonds and gold — vast natural resources that could enrich a nation — are a curse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Congolese people have suffered the largest death toll since the second world war. The conflict between warlords and armed rebels for control of these resources have plunged the citizens into a life of poverty, sexual violence, and war. Some 45,000 people die each month as a result.
Photographer. Marcus Bleasdale has established himself as one of the worlds leading documentary photographers. He increasingly uses his work to influence decision makers and global policy makers around the world. His work on Human Rights and Conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The Untied Nations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France.
Marcus has worked over ten years covering the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo his work there has highlighted the reasons behind the conflict and the devastating effects of that conflict on the Congolese population.
Marcus works appears in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Harpers, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic.