Category Archives: Law and Order

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 […]

D.R. Congo’s Giant Pangolins : Two Tons of Scales Seized

Tip of giant Pangolin tail smoked for sale. The scales were removed and sold separately to an Asian market. The market for pangolin scales is exploding in D.R. Congo. Jules (not real name) called our attention to it in 2016. He is our crime sleuth around the northern Lomami buffer zone. In the town of […]

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 […]