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In Memoriam – Victim of Kinshasa Plane Crash

Monday, 4 April 2011, a plane of the UN mission to DRCongo, Monusco, crashed on landing at the Kinshasa airport, N’djili. Thirty-three people lost their lives and among them, Mendes Masudi, who was Vice Governor of Maniema Province in 2009. Mendes Masudi, in front, arrives to give the opening speech at our first big workshop […]

Can a Hunter Change Professions at Kindu’s School for the Deaf?

The Mbuti-pygmies are a forest people and hunters who move around the forest attuned to sound. Their musical calls locate them through vast blind landscapes of trees. Their evening-song unites them in a fire-lit opening in a vast swaddle of trees. Okonde in a hunting party. He is on the bottom right. Okonde Salumu, too, […]

Snake Boys of Congo

The rhinoceros viper is one of two large venomous vipers found in the TL2 “landscape”. John spent two weeks of November in Ubundu, a town about 100 km south of Kisangani and the last town accessible by vehicle. In order to reach our study area and the future Lomami National Park, it is a day […]

Story of Pride and Impotence along the Lomami

We had visitors at Camp Katopa, so John suggested a day-trip down the Lomami to the little village of Polepole on the west bank. Once a bigger village, now barely 15 huts, it is still the domain of Sheyh Musara. “Take him some coffee and sugar”, John advised, “he will be delighted.” John stayed behind […]