Category Archives: Life in the Congo

The Smell of a Memory

They say that smells are a powerful trigger for memories. If this is the case, I can’t say that I am terribly excited about recalling my time here. This is not to say that I will not have good memories, … Continue reading

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SOS

I never expected that my biggest challenge in the Congo would be a white woman from Spain. Although I have tried to spare you all the endless rants about the reality of trying to navigate one of the most tumultuous … Continue reading

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A Welcomed Reprieve

The rainy season is definitely in full swing, and it has truly transformed the landscape into more of the ‘tropical forest’ in which I envisioned that I would be living. During the dry season, just looking over the distant hills … Continue reading

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Women and Goats

“The Greatest of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi I saw this quote when I first arrived and have had some time to ponder its application. And, … Continue reading

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Casualties of the Trade

I suppose this is a good time to explain more about why I am here….the whole ‘saving the chimps’ part that I have hardly addressed.   Why DRC? There have been volumes written on the conflict here, it’s origins and … Continue reading

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The New Normal

Going to bed at 8pm Waiting until the chimps stop screaming to finish my sentence Finishing a book a week Walking into a dark room and trying to locate the flashlight before even bothering to turn on the light switch … Continue reading

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Two Steps Back

There is a zoo in Kinshasa that is privately-funded by a Chinese man who decided he wanted 4 endangered chimps and four critically endangered Gorillas displayed in his zoo. It seems the ICCN (Congolese government wildlife authorities), our founder and … Continue reading

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