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Travel Notes — Goma/Rutshuru, DR Congo

Below are travelogue excerpts from a recent field research trip to the eastern DR Congo (Jan 8 – Jan 22), offered here simply as a glimpse into some of the interesting conversations and experiences. The purpose of this trip was to conduct a series of in-country interviews with diverse individuals and organizations in order to […]

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In the DR Congo, “peaceful” describes horror

In the early morning hours of Tuesday November 20, the M23 rebels entered Goma in the eastern Congo. Journalists and eye witnesses have consistently reported that the rebels met with virtually no opposition as the Congolese soldiers fled and the UN peacekeepers stood by and watched. In the days leading up to the rebel advance, […]

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Day 9. DR Congo.

MONDAY OCT 17. My last full day in theCongo and four research interviews. Nice way to end the research trip. (The power is out again so I won’t be able to post this blog today.) On the drive back from my last interview, I found a hole-in-the-wall — but highly functioning — internet café where […]

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Day 8. DR Congo. Goma pics

SUNDAY OCT 16. A quiet day today. Went for a long walk around Goma and tried to take photos that would give you a feeling for Goma.  

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Day 7. DR Congo.

SATURDAY OCT 15. The plan was to leave Kalonge at 7am so I could make the boat from Bukavu to Goma at 11am. At 7am we were having breakfast (hot water, powered milk, and sugar, plus bread). During breakfast, the elderly sewing instructor arrived with a shirt that had been made for me. I put […]

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Day 5. DR Congo. We must.

THURSDAY OCT 13.  Thank you all for the birthday wishes. What a real treat!!  I so appreciate the connection when I’m on my own in this rather out of the way place. ________________________   OF INTEREST (from meetings) In praise of President Kabila. Finally heard the case in favour of voting for Kabila. It goes […]

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Day 4. DR Congo.

WEDNESDAY OCT  12.   Rough start to the day.  No electricity, no running water, no internet connection. While taking my first sip of morning coffee (good coffee), the hotel manager presented me with an invoice.  I was a little confused since I don’t leave here for another couple days — turns out, he needed the […]

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Day 3. DR Congo.

This blog is definitely a matter of teaching an old dog new tricks. Let’s get caught up a little. SUNDAY OCT 09. I arrived in Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday afternoon. Already had stomach trouble so decided to take a taxi to the eastern Congo border instead of the public bus. Got lucky with a fascinating […]

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