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Democratic Republic of Congo Close family and friends of Thérèse Matandu gathered under a purple canopy in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sept. 26 for the funeral of the 70-year-old woman, who had passed away in a hospital six days earlier. Various people from throughout the community also attended to pay their last respects. It is common in Congolese culture for entire communities to attend funerals.

Francine Ishay Mulumba, GPJ DRC