This photo was taken during Cheka Kidogo exhibition on London's South Bank (Outside the National Theatre, South Bank / 21 October - 21 December 2008), organised by Oxfam and sponsored by The Co-operative Bank.
Earlier this year, celebrated photographer Rankin briefly turned his back on the glitz and glamour and took his camera to the refugee camps of the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. These portraits capture the true personalities of people living in one of the most troubled places on earth.
From 1998 to 2003, the country suffered greatly from the devastating Second Congo War (sometimes referred to as the "African World War"). This was the world's deadliest conflict since World War II.
Thousands of people displaced by conflict in DR Congo are still unable to return home. An estimated 5.4 million people dead since 1998. Around 1 million people made homeless. Rape used as a systematic weapon of war.
Related fighting and civil war acts continue in the east of the country as per recent developments.