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sometimes i visit these: Congogirl on Twitter / Bloglines Congogirl link / Congogirl's Links List on My Del.icio.us / Where IS DR Congo, anyway?? / Congo Daily / good summary article on DR Congo / Samantha Power's article, "Bystanders to Genocide" / Dizolele - Eye on Africa / Congo Blog - Ba Leki / Cedric Kalonji's photo blog / Extra Extra / Nayembi / Thirteen Wildlife Blogs from DR Congo / Babycatcher / Global Voices / Helene in RD Congo / ID Land - adventures in international development / John's Blog / Kim Gjerstad in Congo / On Safari with el Jorgito / The Salon of News and Thought / This is Zimbabwe / Bluehaired Mary / African Path / Global Bioethics Blog / Somewhere in Africa / Africa is a Country February 2014
Sat, Oct. 13th, 2012 02:40 pm

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Sat, May. 7th, 2011 06:04 pm

transport problems



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Sun, Nov. 14th, 2010 12:48 pm

I do wonder when this campaign to clean up the city was initiated.  It doesn't appear to be a strong fixture, although there are people that are hired to come along and clean up some of the main streets now and again.  You can see in the ground next to the bin a ledge that is formed of dirt and trash.  Most people burn their trash here.

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Mon, Aug. 30th, 2010 05:57 pm

Government forces are trying to crush various rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The BBC's Thomas Fessy went to one of the frontlines in Lukweti, 100km (60 miles) north-west of Goma. 

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Fri, May. 14th, 2010 04:11 pm

U.N. Fears Congo Is Overcome by Violence - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

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Mon, Apr. 26th, 2010 09:17 am

A photo essay from BBC with photos by Cassandra Nelson / Mercy

The photos take a look at an energy efficient stove construction that
reduces the need for firewood and therefore helps reduce the need of women
to leave IDP camps in search of fuel, which can put them at risk for

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Mon, Oct. 5th, 2009 08:32 pm

I'm not that great at making new friends but sometimes it's fun, especially when I have nothing to do with it.  I went to meet one friend in DC, who brought her other friend, and these other three people sat down with them and they'd all already made friends before I arrived.  So we drank for half price and talked and laughed and told us the saga of the happy hour at the gay bar across the way and I asked the guy about his freelance photography job, and then they said they were off to a drag show so my friends made plans to meet up with them next week, and I thought, now that's a good day's work.


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Sun, Mar. 1st, 2009 11:09 pm

If your bandwidth can handle it, please take a few moments to check out these amazing photographs.

1. My friends that have seen this exhibit have told me that it's amazing.  You can see many of the photos here.  If you're connected to any institution that can host this exhibit, I would encourage you to contact them.  I'm brainstorming to see what I can do near me.

Congo / Women .org

2. And at Boston.com, Portraits from the Congo:
"In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), fighting continues among various rebel armies, tribes, the Congolese army and U.N. forces. The dire situation has prompted the government of DR Congo to ask for help, and invite the armies of neighboring South Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda to enter their territory on several joint operations, to hunt down and pacify or dismantle at least two major rebel armies operating in the lawless border region. Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda was captured in January by Rwandan forces, but his army is still active - and Ugandan troops are seeking out the rebel Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army, which has taken refuge in eastern DR Congo. Once more, caught in all of this are the local civilians, terrorized by fleeing and advancing troops of all kinds. Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly has been traveling through the area, capturing some amazing photographs of the people involved."

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Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 11:22 am

I'm sure I've written about Congotex before, which used to be UTEX-Africa.  The business was taken over by a Hong Kong businessman, who has changed the store to include some ready made clothes (see scary mannequins) and a cantine (limited grocery).  

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The products have also changed.  UTEX always had prints that the mamas down by Hotel Fontana did not, and vice versa, which still holds true. 

But now Congotex has an entirely different set of prints that I have to say I'm not that wild about.  The exception to this rule would be the products that they are currently making in the name of Bleu Orange, a label out of Brussels that is also donating a tiny portion of each sale to MSF in their fight against AIDS in Africa.  Check out the teapots and the sushi for a sample.

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Sun, Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:30 pm

I don't often take photos of people especially if I don't know them, because I don't have the journalist approach and typically feel shy about it.  I don't like to invade people's space.  But here are two that I took of people that I do know, and I hope they don't mind my sharing.  They each capture a very particular and fleeting moment in their expressions, and I like the contrast.


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