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THE REMAINS OF THE ATC


Héctor Mediavilla

ATC: Agence Transcongolaise des Communications. The 1997-2000 civil war stopped almost any commercial activity in Brazzaville - capital of the Congo Republic -. The so called ATC, the transportation state company –aviation, railway and navy – went bankrupt. Today, six years later, most of the workers of the ATC navy do not have any regular income. They get paid every five or six months for their current work in the restore of the ATC half sunken boats near the Brazzaville harbour in the Congo river. Some of them live with their families in the best preserved boats and try to survive growing vegetables in the river bank and doing small trade with Kinshasa. Without any help from the government, the ATC workers started to restore the fleete in 2000 with the hope of restarting the trading activity with the North of the country and thus, having a job again. Despite the fact that the ATC may be privatized these people do not have neither technical nor economic means to continue with their task with success.


 

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Ships waiting to be repaired in front of the highest building in town which is now being restored after it was damaged during the war.

Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 08/05/2003

 

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View of the ATC harbour where boats do not longer sail but serve as former workers improvised homes.

Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 00/05/2003

 

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A woman, who earns her living by trading small items from Kinshasa, stands on the deck of the boat where she lives. Former ATC workers' families live as squatters in the rusting ferry boats after the 1997-2000 civil war.

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Congo, la république démocratique du - 29/05/2003

 

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The pirogues are the basic mean of transport of people as well as goods in the ATC harbour. They are also used by some people to cross the river to Kinshasa.

Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 21/05/2003

 

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Some of the former ATC workers now contribute on the restoration process of the fleet earning very small wages.

Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 14/05/2003

Only oral authorisation

 

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A worker paints a refloted boat from the river. Once these boats are completely restored can be used again to trade along the Congo river.

Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 02/05/2003

Only oral authorisation

 

Héctor Mediavilla / Picturetank MEH0028051

A former worker of the ATC (Agence Transcongolaise de Comunications) that is now earning some money restoring the boats has a little nap.

Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 24/05/2003

 

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One of the many families that live on the boats because they cannot afford to pay a rent.

Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 00/05/2003

 

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Léger, 16 year-old high school student, reviews a lesson. A flag of President Sassou Nguesso, whose return to Brazzaville led to the last civil war in Congo, adorns his cabin.

Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 00/05/2003

 

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A man passes by a little "boat" shop where a young boy sells small things like cigarettes and biscuits.

Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 00/10/2004

 

Héctor Mediavilla / Picturetank MEH0028047

The small scale trading activity between the two banks of the Congo River (Kinshasa and Brazzaville) is, for many people, the only way to earn some money to eat.

Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo, la république démocratique du - 19/05/2003

 

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Clothes drying in a deck of one of the former boats of the ATC. Most of these boats have been squattered.

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Congo, la république démocratique du - 00/05/2003

 

Héctor Mediavilla / Picturetank MEH0028052

 

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Portrait of the bureau's officer of CSTF and a friend in his humbly office. He is responsible for paying the workers.

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Congo, la république démocratique du - 20/10/2004

 

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An ATC worker and one of the members of the fleet restoration team.  

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Congo, la république démocratique du - 00/05/2003

 

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A worker who paints the unsunken boats of the ATC.

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Congo, la république démocratique du - 04/05/2003

 

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A young man that lives in one ot the ATC boats, holds a large marijuana joint in his left hand.

Brazzaville, Republique du Congo, Congo, la république démocratique du - 00/05/2003

autorisation orale uniquement

 

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A young man smokes a marijuana joint in a ATC boat deck where he lives.

Brazzaville, Republique du Congo, Congo, la république démocratique du - 25/05/2005

autorisation orale uniquement

 

Héctor Mediavilla / Picturetank MEH0028042

A small toy-ship floats among the ATC half-sunken boats.

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo - 00/05/2003

 

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A former worker of the ATC inside a partially sunk boat.  

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo - 00/05/2003



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