Author Archives: Terese Hart

Justice or Vengeance in the Heart of Africa?

Case from TL2: the disappearance of Bernard Botumba. Park guard Michel is blamed for the disappearance of Bernard. Watch for these biases in the text: (§§) local politics (++) retribution for past wrongs (‡‡) extortion Who is Bernard? Bernard has disappeared. He is a cousin of the past chief of the Balanga (§§) who was […]

Fighting Arson with Fire-Power along the Lomami

The chief of the bangengele doing outreach for the park before we put in bridges. Her house, too, went up in flames. See below. Arsonists burned three of our base camps in just over a year. The first conflagration was Lohumonoko, It was set on fire in February 2014. Most staff were in the forest, […]

Ebola Empties Villages, Bushmeat Empties Forests.

Just dead-Still warm. Ebola is a disease, Bushmeat is commerce, but both remain uncontrolled for similar reasons: absence – on the ground – of adequate trained, committed individuals. Why the unwillingness to marshal and train human experts – on the ground – to bring the plagues under control? For the Ebola plague,  Doctors Without Borders was the first group on […]

Mbuti Exodus: from Lualaba Barge to Lomami Forest Canopy.

Kisangani to Kindu (13 February– 23 February 2015): The Mbuti travelled for more than a week up the Lualaba River (upper Congo). After taking a bus overland to Ubundu, the Mbuti moved upriver for more than a week on a Congo River barge. Their exodus from the Ituri included landcruiser, bus, barge, motorbike and finally […]