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Pascal grew up in Congo in central Africa and went to secondary school in the town of Goma.

Goma is nearby several east African countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

Much of the landscape vegetation in the Congo is thick and dense tropical forest as seen from the ecological map here below. These forests contain about 10,000 species of tropical plants, of which 30 percent are unique to the region. There are vast areas of swamp, and many rivers, and much endangered wildlife, including forest elephants, chimpanzees, and lowland and mountain gorillas.

There are over 1,000 species of tropical birds and over 700 species of fish in the rivers and lakes.

When Pencils for Africa first started five years ago in 2012, the PFA Team collected used pencils to send to children in Goma. Some of these children had lost their parents in the war near Goma.

Pascal personally delivered the PFA Team’s used pencil donation to children in Goma.

Below is a photo of the children in Goma using the pencils they received from Tiburon.

Today, Pascal lives in Columbus, Ohio (see photo below) where he is a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. Like Kimani in Seattle, Pascal in Columbus will find stories for Migration Maps on African children who have migrated with their families to the United States.

To read more about Pascal and his work, click here.