Category Archives: Indigenous peoples

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 […]

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 […]

Village theatre in Congo’s Outback

Talking with villagers in remote villages around the new Lomami Park-to-be can only be done one way: face-to-face. There just isn’t any other way – no other means of communication. This February, we tried something new near the park’s eastern border, in Maniema province, about 70 km northeast of the city of Kindu where Project […]

Congo: Multiple Fractures and No Insurance

So, believe in whom you trust and trust what you know. Mother cradles son with broken femurs. Two years ago we sent teams to the most remote villages to record people’s opinions about the coming national park. They brought back harrowing tales, along with filled out questionnaires. How is a medical emergency handled without doctors, […]