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Moments from Congo #5

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Helicopter Trip!

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This was the way we got into duty station Kindu in east Congo. An old Russian helicopter. The good thing about that helicopter was that it flew close to the jungle and the few villages along the Congo River.


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These photos capture a recent trip across the Congo River from Kindu to its counterpart on the other side called the Commune D’Alunguli. I say “counterpart” because, in essence, the city/town of Kindu rests on two sides of the river. That causes problems for the people because much of the commerce and trade happens on the Kindu side. Thus, what prosperity there is, and there is very little, is found in Kindu. D’Alunguli remains a very poor cousin on the east side of the river.

Travelling the 800 or so metres across the Congo River is quite perilous because the only boats that make the journey are dugout canoes. Some are powered by motors while others are powered by two guys who paddle while standing up. The current is strong, so often the boats bob and weave in awkward fashion, but the skill of the “captains” is remarkable.



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About This Place…

"This website is dedicated to the many people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have suffered and died."

 

The writer was a journalist, prosecutor, and Canadian soldier who is now trying to help the people who live in the DR Congo.

 

The photographs and the commentary here are solely those of the writer and his pet dog named "Bark." The United Nations and MONUSCO have nothing to do with this website.

Similarly, the township of Puskokum in eastern Tennessee is equally not interested.