Here today and gone tomorrow seems to be the trend for problems and events that happen in life. Some issues resonate with people using social media but after the social media phase  you hear less and less about the issues everyone was up in arms about two days prior. I shared this link with someone and they just scrolled past it like it never happened, that didn’t surprise me though.  Makes you wonder if the media, commercials, internet, games and entertainment has been effecting us in ways we aren’t sure of. Who isn’t desensitized to violence?  We see people die on television everyday (almost) but how many people do you actually see dying in front of you in your day to day experience?  Are you just trying to get a like?  A powerful visual, simple yet effective! If you can’t feel this you may be heartless with reptilian ways.



The Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa is one of the world’s most resource-rich countries. A wide range of rare minerals can be found here in abundance, all commanding high prices in world commodity markets. Diamonds for jewellery, tantalum, tungsten and gold for electronics; uranium used in power generation and weaponry and many others. Congo has copious deposits of raw materials that are in high demand internationally but remains one of the poorest countries in the world. From colonisation, with the horrors of slavery and other atrocities, to a turbulent and equally brutal present in which militant groups control the mines, Congo’s richness in natural resources has brought nothing but misery. Referred to as “conflict minerals”, these riches leave only a trail of death, destruction and poverty. Under Belgian rule, Congolese labourers were often required to meet quotas when mining different minerals. Failure could mean punishment by having a hand cut off with a machete. The country gained independence in 1960, but that didn’t put a stop to slave and child labour or to crimes being committed to extract and exploit the minerals. Warring militant fractions from inside the country and beyond seized control of mines for their own benefit while terrorising local populations. For our translator, Bernard Kalume Buleri, his country’s history of turmoil is very personal; like most Congolese people, he and his family fell victim to the unending mineral based power struggle. Born in the year of his country’s independence, he has lived through war and seen his homeland torn apart by violent looting and greed. His story is a damning testament, illustrating how nature’s bounty, instead of being a blessing, becomes a deadly curse.

How thin is the veil of life? There are moments in time where you can be compelled to end it all or start over. Which choice will you make?

Renee Watkins
IG: IamReneeWatkins

I woke up feeling drunk from laughing so much with @iamreneewatkins Every year on my birhtday I have a fun shoot filled with cheek pain from smiling .. I don’t plan it they just happen 😂😭and this one topped last year. From watching Renee drown herself on the bridge to being in the woods snorting Georgia clay on paths naked while people cover their eyes and walk pass 🤦🏾‍♂️😂 It was a ball and the short is even more intense!… when your finding heart shaped plant outlines effortlessly you know the alignment is on point ☝🏿 so with all that being said Thank you @iamreneewatkins for yesterday and all the other things you keep me from doing! x