Maps of Africa

Each of these four maps of Africa has a story to tell about Africa.
For my stories about Africa, please scroll down to the index on the right called “Other Schrapnel” where you'll see “Africa Tales” and “Congo Stories.”
This first map shows the great green belt that is the grasslands and jungles of Africa. It is the heart and lungs of Africa. But that belt is shrinking, leaving more of the arid deserts shown in brown.

In January I had the great pleasure to travel with my brother Tim and with two new friends from Italy, Ester and Giulio. We hired a vehicle to travel from Gonder to Axum through the Simien Mountains. The 350 kilometer journey took the better part of a day. Or, I should say, it was a great part of that day.


EthiopiaThis story is a collaboration between me and my brother.

EthiopiaThese first five images are from the raucous and fun livestock market in Lalibela.

The Gonder Castle

We'll have to leave the wonderful folks of Gonder for just a bit to have a quick tour of the castle and it's several outbuildings. Or, as the self-appointed archeologists call it “the royal enclosure.”

Gonder is in the northwestern part of Ethiopia and best know for it's medieval-like castle. But I found the people in the streets most fascinating.

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.