Category Archives: About the project

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 […]

Maniema Meets New York

Leon Salumu stands at the Southern end of Central Park a couple days before returning to Maniema, Congo. Leon Salumu, the head of the TL2 PALL project (assisting law enforcement) spent three weeks of October 2016 in the eastern United States. When he got back to DR Congo, Cintia Garai, the TL2 project’s administrative assistant, […]