Author Archives: Terese Hart

Outboard dies as the Lomami Floods

Our big dugout on the Lomami with a little fishing dugout alongside. Even when the outboards are working well, the logistics of moving up and down the Lomami are always “best case scenario”. Papa Bolenga our northern helmsman thinks in liters –depth –kilometers. He measures time in minutes (“we docked at 22h17min”). But despite a […]

D.R. Congo’s Giant Pangolins : Two Tons of Scales Seized

Tip of giant Pangolin tail smoked for sale. The scales were removed and sold separately to an Asian market. The market for pangolin scales is exploding in D.R. Congo. Jules (not real name) called our attention to it in 2016. He is our crime sleuth around the northern Lomami buffer zone. In the town of […]

History and Maimai west of the Lomami

Children 16 and under are half the population of Balanga West; but elders, though rare, define the community. (Here Leon with Balanga West telephone-admirers) A Balanga genealogy sounds like a litany from Old Testament Genesis or First Chronicles: The first ancestor of the village of Kandolo was Likulufe. Likulufe begat a first son Kandolo who […]

Delcommune: Colonial Champion of the Lomami

In 1889, Delcommune killed these hippos on the Lomami just south of the rapids we call Badinga and he called Lissambo. Early European travelers on the Lomami fed their troops by killing hippos and elephants.  The Lomami’s first advocate was the 19th century businessman, Alexandre Delcommune. He was more than an entrepreneur – he was […]