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Many miles have passed since Yellow Bird landed in Paris more than a year ago. This is a final report about her project to help the hospital in Kindu, DRC.


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This is the new Surgery Table that Yellow Bird brought to the hospital. And these are two of the doctors who have more effectively helped many people since the table arrived.


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Yellow Bird saw the people at a hospital needed some help. Actually, they needed a lot of help.
One bit of help Yellow Bird could do was to replace the old surgery table which looked very old and very used.

So Yellow Bird found a new table and also some friends to help her move it to the hospital.

They loaded the new surgery table onto a truck and drove to the Congo River, where they got on the ferry and crossed.

When they got to the hospital the people were very happy to see something new, which did not happen very often there.

Yellow Bird had to leave before the doctors took the new surgical table out of the box, but they have told her that the new table has already helped many people. That made Yellow Bird very happy, because she knew the people and birds and animals in Africa have such a tough time every day.


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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.