Congolese military chaplain Col. Aaron Kubuta prays in Lake Kivu after baptizing a group of soldiers. 2013 Democratic Republic of Congo © Pete Muller for the New York Times

Congolese military chaplain Col. Aaron Kubuta prays in Lake Kivu after baptizing a group of soldiers. 2013 Democratic Republic of Congo © Pete Muller for the New York Times

 Residents gather inside a makeshift sewing studio in the village of Mangango, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on Monday, March 3, 2014. A nod to Caravaggio.  © Pete Muller/Prime for the Nobel Women's Initiative   

Residents gather inside a makeshift sewing studio in the village of Mangango, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on Monday, March 3, 2014. A nod to Caravaggio.  © Pete Muller/Prime for the Nobel Women's Initiative

 

 Goma residents shop and charge their cell phones during the evening. Democratic Republic of Congo 2013 © Pete Muller for the New York Times

Goma residents shop and charge their cell phones during the evening. Democratic Republic of Congo 2013 © Pete Muller for the New York Times

 Feller Rutahichura, the Vice Governor of North Kivu state, speaks with community members in the village of Ittebero, in Walikale Province. With assistance from the humanitarian organization, CARITAS, the Congolese government and the UN have brokered an arrangement whereby two notorious armed groups operating around Ittebero have agreed to lay down their arms. The agreement is part of a wider effort by the government and the UN to confront armed groups. 2013 Democratic Republic of Congo © Pete Muller for the New York Times

Feller Rutahichura, the Vice Governor of North Kivu state, speaks with community members in the village of Ittebero, in Walikale Province. With assistance from the humanitarian organization, CARITAS, the Congolese government and the UN have brokered an arrangement whereby two notorious armed groups operating around Ittebero have agreed to lay down their arms. The agreement is part of a wider effort by the government and the UN to confront armed groups. 2013 Democratic Republic of Congo © Pete Muller for the New York Times

 Congolese forces fire rockets toward M-23 rebel positions north of Goma. Democratic Republic of Congo 2013 © Pete Muller for the New York Times

Congolese forces fire rockets toward M-23 rebel positions north of Goma. Democratic Republic of Congo 2013 © Pete Muller for the New York Times

 A southern Sudanese woman in the town of Melut registers to vote in the independence referendum. Johannes Vermeer-esque? © Pete Muller

A southern Sudanese woman in the town of Melut registers to vote in the independence referendum. Johannes Vermeer-esque? © Pete Muller

 Young children from South Sudan’s largest tribe, the Dinka, sit around a fire at a remote cattle camp in the central state of Warrap. Large segments of the southern population are pastoralist and live a semi-nomadic existence. Their identity is ruggedly independent and difficult to modify given their lack of participation in formal education. Sudan 2012 © Pete Muller

Young children from South Sudan’s largest tribe, the Dinka, sit around a fire at a remote cattle camp in the central state of Warrap. Large segments of the southern population are pastoralist and live a semi-nomadic existence. Their identity is ruggedly independent and difficult to modify given their lack of participation in formal education. Sudan 2012 © Pete Muller

 A Dinka woman wounded by gunfire in a remote hospital near the border with northern Sudan. After more than twenty years of civil war, the civilian population in southern Sudan remains heavily armed, a factor that contributes to high rates of armed violence. The military has made attempts to disarm various elements of the population but the disarmament issue carries many political considerations that hinder its full implementation. Sudan 2010 © Pete Muller

A Dinka woman wounded by gunfire in a remote hospital near the border with northern Sudan. After more than twenty years of civil war, the civilian population in southern Sudan remains heavily armed, a factor that contributes to high rates of armed violence. The military has made attempts to disarm various elements of the population but the disarmament issue carries many political considerations that hinder its full implementation. Sudan 2010 © Pete Muller

 A Nuba refugee from South Kordofan navigates the Yida refugee camp at dawn. In the wake of independence, southern-aligned rebels in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile border states were cut off from their historic allies and remained under the enduringly harsh rule of Khartoum. Feeling isolated and vulnerable, fighters commenced a new rebellion aimed to gain autonomy for their regions. The renewed battle has caused more than 100,000 people to flee their homes. Sudan 2012 © Pete Muller

A Nuba refugee from South Kordofan navigates the Yida refugee camp at dawn. In the wake of independence, southern-aligned rebels in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile border states were cut off from their historic allies and remained under the enduringly harsh rule of Khartoum. Feeling isolated and vulnerable, fighters commenced a new rebellion aimed to gain autonomy for their regions. The renewed battle has caused more than 100,000 people to flee their homes. Sudan 2012 © Pete Muller

 A view of the township of Epworth, outside Harare. Residents claim that during bouts of political violence in previous years, bodies of victims were dumped into the quarry. An homage to Albert Bierstadt. 2013 © Pete Muller for the New York Times

A view of the township of Epworth, outside Harare. Residents claim that during bouts of political violence in previous years, bodies of victims were dumped into the quarry. An homage to Albert Bierstadt. 2013 © Pete Muller for the New York Times

 A supporter of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi holds up a copy of the Koran during a rally in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Pro-government supporters turned out by the thousands to express their support for the Islamist President and a controversial draft constitution that is scheduled to go to referendum on Saturday, December 15th. Many groups opposed to President Morsi claim that the draft constitution undermines numerous political freedoms and human rights. Egypt 2012 © Pete Muller for the Washington Post

A supporter of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi holds up a copy of the Koran during a rally in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Pro-government supporters turned out by the thousands to express their support for the Islamist President and a controversial draft constitution that is scheduled to go to referendum on Saturday, December 15th. Many groups opposed to President Morsi claim that the draft constitution undermines numerous political freedoms and human rights. Egypt 2012 © Pete Muller for the Washington Post

 Story Rush, a kindergarten teacher from Greenwood, AR, fires an M1919 Browning .30 caliber machine gun on the first night of OFASTS.  "It is such an adrenaline rush," she explained with after stepping back from the weapon. She had traveled to OFASTS for the first time with her husband and eight-year-old son. "A grew up hunting with my Dad so guns are nothing unusual for me," she said. She expressed an interest in owning a fully automatic weapon at some point in the future. 2012 © Pete Muller

Story Rush, a kindergarten teacher from Greenwood, AR, fires an M1919 Browning .30 caliber machine gun on the first night of OFASTS.  "It is such an adrenaline rush," she explained with after stepping back from the weapon. She had traveled to OFASTS for the first time with her husband and eight-year-old son. "A grew up hunting with my Dad so guns are nothing unusual for me," she said. She expressed an interest in owning a fully automatic weapon at some point in the future. 2012 © Pete Muller