Author Archives: Terese Hart

What Happened in August? part 1.

August 2018 had its good side. It was all about capacity building, camaraderie and resetting our compasses. Seven of us left Kindu and headed towards Nairobi. But first we spent a week in intense concentration on our porch in Kindu analyzing data, putting together talks. This is not work on the porch but the step […]

Bonobo Mourners at a Bonobo Grave

David came as a volunteer to learn about the forests of central Congo. And he certainly learned a lot about bonobos. Soon after he arrived he accompanied John to dig up a bonobo skeleton. Picture of bonobo skull unearthed near the T4 transect. Later David got the full story from the team that buried the […]

Torture and Truth along the Lomami

Torture has two main purposes: (1) Create fear and pain to bring out the truth (=encouragement) (2) Create fear and pain to punish a crime committed (=dissuasion) Which was the purpose in February 2018 along the Lomami? Kesonga was arrested, beaten, and repeatedly submerged in the Lomami with a sack over his head. Kesonga climbs […]

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 […]