A New Place

Some time ago I decided to go to a strage place.

My advice to you is that before you go there,

Or anywhere else,

Think about what you want.

If you do not know

What you want,

Then take a break.

Before you go

To places unknown

Then think of this:

Great things happen

When you go outside.


“The silverback watches us go with a sidelong look that seems equal parts bored, grumpy, and sad. What is he thinking?…
I’m guessing he’s aware something isn’t right and hasn’t been for a long time. The world has changed drastically in his lifetime: less forest, more people, some friendly, most not.
He couldn’t possibly know that every one of his kind would barely fill a large theater, that there are probably far too few left for the species to survive–that by now it’s just a matter of time.
Could he?”

Julian Smith, from his book Crossing the Heart of Africa, speaking about the 700 or so remaining mountain gorillas after visiting some of them on Mount Sabinyo, Rwanda.

They are the least lucky of the gorillas: but they have cousin eastern lowland gorillas numbering about 4,000 in the Congo; and they have some other cousins, the western lowland gorillas, who may number 100,000 and occupy a number of central African countries.

“Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness helped cement many of the cliches that persist, starting with it’s title.
Africa has always been a concept as much as a place: an exotic backdrop for outsiders to have ennobling experiences, a land of theatric extremes of violence and beauty. In modern accounts, the native stereotypes have simply shifted, from barbarous and bloodthirsty to impoverished or corrupt. Simply saying Africa “is” anything implies a single amorphous entity, instead of fifty-three countries with a billion inhabitants.”

Julian Smith, from his book Crossing the Heart of Africa

“Asking the justice system to reform itself was like tying up a dog with a string of sausages.”

From the former vice-president of Guatemala: explaining why in 2006 they called in the UN to bring foreign prosecutors to fight the infiltration by organized crime into the Guatemala legal system.

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.