“An iPhone in Congo”: Photo essay by TIME photographer Michael Christopher Brown

“Like many photojournalists, I’ve been shooting with my iPhone for  a while. Using a mobile phone allows me to be somewhat invisible  as a professional photographer; people see me as just  another person in the crowd. Invisibility is particularly  useful in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo,  where a potpourri of armed groups and governments have used  conflict minerals as the latest way to help fund the warfare,  atrocities and repression that have afflicted the area for more than a  century.”

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