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A view of the desolate village of Bili, in northeastern DR Congo. The village used to be a vibrant hub of cotton and coffee growth and harvesting. Today, all those trading facilities are closed and in disrepair. Armed groups, smugglers and poachers lurk in the forests outside the village. (Pete Muller/Prime for Smithsonian Magazine)

A view of the desolate village of Bili, in northeastern DR Congo. The village used to be a vibrant hub of cotton and coffee growth and harvesting. Today, all those trading facilities are closed and in disrepair. Armed groups, smugglers and poachers lurk in the forests outside the village. (Pete Muller/Prime for Smithsonian Magazine)