This photograph showed Sister Marietta as she walked among the grave sites of her colleagues that had perished during the Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo) Ebola outbreak of August, 1976. The Flemish nuns, and the African hospital Staff of a Yambuku, Zairian mission hospital treated the first known patient of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF). The virus traveled quickly, and a large number of the mission members and patients died in the fall of 1976.
Kodak picture of an army band during the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Belgian administration in the province of Katanga (Belgian Congo), 1950.
Photography of Joseph Makula
Joseph Makula (born 1929) was a photographer from (then) Belgian Congo.
After joining the Force Publique, Makula served on the army newspaper, Sango ya biso, and in a military photographic laboratory. He left the army in 1956, and later joined the Congopresse agency, as their first African photographer.
He continued to work for Congopresse after independence, training a new generation of Zairean photographers. In 1968, Congopresse closed down and Makula set up his own business, Photo Mak, operating in Lemba, Kinshasa, until 1991.
Picture from Port Francqui (Ilebo) in Congo, 1930.
These have descriptions typed in Esperanto (invented language based on multiple languages, made to be universally used).
1930: Gaston Heenen, who was the governor of Katanga at that time, at the inauguration of a world war one monument in Elisabethville (present day Lubumbashi, capital of the province Katanga).
Mingangi dancer of the Central Congo.
Group picture of the chauffeur, “boys” and other servants. All their names are on the back with their (French feudal) nickname:
“Le marquis” of Matete, the chauffeur
“Le baron” Kaudala, the butler
“Le vicomte” Kakessé, the ?
“Le chevalier” Kasango, the cook
Kaugwe, the gardener
Jodocus Hondius, 1628, Eastern and Central Africa
The Staubyrlle Cathedral on a Sunday morning. Photograph by Dmitri Kessel. Belgian Congo, April 1953.
In this 1960 photo, a Ghanaian officer (assigned to the UN) stands patrol in Leopoldville.
A powerful native fetish - its body was literally covered with tenpenny nails.
Life in the Congo Free State, by Capt. Guy Burrows
The Wide World Magazine, vol. X: Oct. 1902 - Mar. 1903
London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1903.
Seventeen year old Aune Ilunga has already married and given birth to three babies. Photograph by Dmitri Kessel. Belgian Congo, April 1953.
Tailors making women’s clothes. Photograph by Dmitri Kessel. Belgian Congo, April 1953.
Baluba man with tattoos. 1898. W. Dreyer