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Although the second largest “city” in Maniema province, Kasongo lives, eats and breathes like a village. These are a few photos taken while there in early June.

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In poor countries the distance between two places is measured by the time it takes to make the journey, not the actual distance. Then, if it rains, distance is increased by a lot. The Congo emphasizes that. Here are some photos of one of those roads.

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Just to give you a few more photos of these great and diminishing friends of ours:

Here is a so-called “blackback” carrying his little brother out of the feeding bushes into the open area.

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Some folks ask “how is it that you do a mountain gorilla trek?” Now that I have done, well, let's see. Counting all of the times that I have been out on the trail trying to find a or more than a gorilla. And adding in all the other times I looked to see if I could find a gorilla. Well, turns out only once. Thus, this is the only time. Doesn't make me much of an expert, seems to me. Even so, here are my thoughts.

Gorillas #1

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No doubt gorillas fascinate us because they are like us, but somewhat different. Here are a few gorillas I found in northern Rwanda at the border. I liked them a bit, but did not feel a great connection.


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A few months ago I went on a journey a little north of Kindu. The children there were very eager to get in a photo. There was no stopping them. Then, when I had a chance to edit the photos, I noticed two boys who each appeared in several photos. I had not noticed either of them when taking the shots. But when editing, each jumped out, but for different reasons.

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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.