Category Archives: About the project

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 […]

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 […]

Highway Robbery

Blood-letting and blood-loyalty beside Lomami National Park. (My observations in parentheses. I translate and include parts of several narratives) Omo on a patrol to prohibit pigeon captures in the park. OMO or O2 : Our trip was planned for Saturday the 4th March, but we did not take off until Sunday. I was making a […]

Sing it loud: the Lomami National Park Exists

Rehearsal of the Lomami National Park anthem for the 10th of December 2016. In October 2016, a colleague from an international conservation NGO in Congo asked us, “Is it true there is a new National Park?” What? She didn’t know? It was three months earlier, on the 19th of July 2016, that the Prime Minister of […]