Kisangani, August 24, 2003

December 20, 2007

 me-and-sumi.jpgThe blast in Baghdad shakes the MONUC; a petrol station opens and the cars come out of hiding; the “men in uniform” still fill their pockets but not the RCD tax collectors; 40 kidnapped women are not worth a headline. Read the rest of this entry »


Kisangani, August 10, 2003

December 20, 2007

kikwit-2.jpg   The barges rolled into town, we gave the RCD-G authorities a hard time and they backed down but not much has changed. Read the rest of this entry »

Mbandaka, July 20, 2003

December 20, 2007

 congo-river-from-heli1.jpgThis week: there is always some place worse; Uruguayan soldiers teach local kids bad English; and Eugene Yololo is a one-man press agency who makes sure Makanza knows. Read the rest of this entry »

Befale, July 18, 2003

December 20, 2007

In June 2002, when the MONUC first came to Befale (a city of over ten thousand people in Equateur province) to set up a Team Site, the helicopter blew off the roof of a school.  The rains then finished the job and more than one hundred and twenty pupils were left without class rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

Mbandaka, July 13, 2003

December 13, 2007

 Despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbarians, provided the end be their improvement.”  John Stuart Mill in ‘On Liberty 

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Kisangani, July 6, 2003

December 12, 2007

tolekas-3.jpg This week the Boyamais (inhabitants of Kisangani) celebrated the forty-third anniversary of Congo’s independence, the Kisangani Fair boged down in mud and beer and another case of witch-craft led to the premature death of a white rabbit. Read the rest of this entry »

Kisangani, June 29, 2003

December 12, 2007


In which I complain about money-hungry-fishermen, the Congolese complain (again) that  the UN is not fixing their country and I get to visit the city’s prison. Read the rest of this entry »

Kisangani, June 22, 2003

December 12, 2007

leon-and-kids.jpg Leon and the kids at the school he ran

This week Malaria kept me in the hospital (see Malaria, June 17) so I was unable to observe very much but I do have a couple of good stories to tell you: UNICEF finds a way to help the warring parties improve forced conscription, young Rappers lash out at the war-lords and Kisangani gets the cell phone before the stage-coach. Read the rest of this entry »

Kisangani, June 17, 2003 — Malaria!

December 9, 2007

I hate Mosquitoes! 

They told me when I got here that no matter how many prophylactics I take I will still get malaria.  Everybody gets it and more than once.”  They said there are four strains of malaria in the Congo, each nastier than the other.  I was told that “the only thing the prophylactics would accomplish is hide the malaria from the test” when I get it. Read the rest of this entry »

Kisangani, June 15, 2003

December 9, 2007

pirogue-1.jpgIt has been an interesting and more or less relaxing week for me with a near diplomatic incident due to an Okapi reporter’s blunder, the UN finally learned of smuggling of goods on their barges from Kinshasa and the Welfare Club held a good-bye party for Scotland’s Mike Dora, Kilts and all. Read the rest of this entry »