Stories about D.R. of Congo from July, 2010
Read field notes from Dr. Terese Hart, Searching for Bonobo in Congo. Bonobos great Apes falling in the same group with chimpanzees.
What was Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, thinking?: “According to local and Belgian press, he [Kabila] gave Belgian Queen Paola a diamond necklace, earrings and bracelet on the occasion of Congo's 50th anniversary celebrations. A bit of a PR catastrophe.”
Bunmi joins the debate over New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's admission that he tends to focus on the ‘white foreigner as savior, black African as victim’ story in his Africa coverage. “I wonder if a story about some crisis in America would hold any interest for, let's say, Congolese...
Texas in Africa shares his experience as a researcher in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “My research in the DRC is about social services, which means that when I'm here, I spend a lot of time in church offices. Religious groups run almost all of what's left of the DRC's...
France's invitation to the armed forces of former colonies to join the parade on the Champs Elysees on July 14 is a subject of great controversy among African bloggers. Many wonder what is the point of having former colonies there and why are many north African nations not invited.
“Today is the anniversary of the death of Kimpa Vita who together with her baby (Kembo Dianzenza va Kintete) and her boyfriend, were burned to death on July 2nd 1706 by the Catholic church,” writes Sokari at Black Looks.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is celebrating the 50th anniversary of independence from Belgian rule. As the state proudly wheeled out some expensive new military hardware for the delectation of visiting dignitaries, bloggers Kakaluigi and Congo Miliki describe the parades in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, while other Congolese bloggers reminisce about the era of independence.
Glenna links to great African photos on the Internet: “The first set of beautiful photos I’d like to point out are by Jessica Hilltout of football in Africa.”