But I just don’t get it.
Names are all important here. This young man was named Muyimbisa at some point of his infancy by his family. And he was called Willy as he was growing up, but now is mostly called ‘Conader’ because he is a demobilized maimai. CONADDER was a World Bank program “Commission Nationale de Désarmement, Démobilisation et Réinsertion. Nice acronym name — right?
Conader Willy is mourning.
The pensive fellow in blue t-shirt and blue cap is Conader Willy.
He is living in Obenge on the Lomami River but grew up in the more populated (slightly) Bimbi region on the Lualaba.
A year and a couple months ago, August 2006, he was off in the forest in one of the many tiny hunting camps around Obenge. He was already ‘Conader’ and had moved to killing animals for a living rather than terrorizing people – an improvement– Right?
A hunting camp between the Lomami and the Tshuapa Rivers
It was early morning and Conader had gone off to collect fuel wood leaving his wife, Tamasha, of whom he has only good things to say, alone with their two year old son in camp. A brigand, a maimai by the name of Bertha Bongenya Albert, (that is the name), swooped into camp with his bandit militia. Certainly Conader would have been killed if he had been there. Was it the settling of some old grudge?? Instead Bertha and his band made off with Tamasha and the son, Kabasele.
Bertha took them to Ngombe, an even smaller village than Obenge on the Lomami.
The village of Ngombe during the rainy season.
Three months later, the son Kabasele was dead.
I don’t get it. Is there some hidden justice ? or just no justice.
And Conader’s wife, Tamasha, is still the third wife of the now demobilized Bertha.
I want Shakespearian justice.
Instead Conader Willy is mourning his son. He has not remarried.
He is now working for us, rather than killing animals for a living – an improvement–Right?
Conader Willy is helping on the Obenge garden plots. They are growing well.