This is the fifth year in a row that nearly 1,000 migrants have died or gone missing crossing the Mediterranean. Nearly 48,000 asylum-seekers and migrants have reached Europe’s shores in the first six months of 2018. Many of them passed through Benin on their way to Europe.
Thousands of logs loaded into makeshift boats at the port of Inongo at Lake Mai-Ndombe stand ready to be transported to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “We witness this kind of spectacle every day, whereby tons and tons of logs and timber find their way to the capital either via the Congo River or by road, where they will eventually be shipped overseas, or just sold to the black market,” said environment activist Prosper Ngobila.