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Congolese Pigs......

storm 31 °C

……..have bizarre faces, especially the dead ones……

I spotted this on an 8hr car journey yesterday so perhaps I was losing my mind a little at the time, but they seem to be smiling all the time and have rosy cheeks and wear fake eye-lashes, I had flashbacks to Miss Piggy.

I am in Dongo, a town on the Ubangi River which until October last year was home to 97,000 people but largely deserted when it became the centre of ‘inter-communal fighting’ [proof positive of UN diplomatic language gone mad] and everyone headed over the river to the Republic of Congo. It is safe to say that this town saw more than its fair share of violence; I wasn’t here [and it is part of the problem of unravelling the web of rumour surrounding this conflict that nobody else was either] but there is plenty of evidence of vicious fighting – including the 14 unexploded rockets the technical team destroyed this afternoon after only 2 days of evaluation of the centre of town.

Rumour is King in DRC and although 25% of the 200,000 people who fled the territory have come back, mainly to towns like Dongo where almost 50,000 are rebuilding their burnt homes, rumours that leaders are re-grouping on the other side of the border mean the majority of women and children are not taking the risk. It’s sad, and a little worrying, that the population only believed that security had improved when they saw international NGOs turning up [although if it was me I would be using exactly the same yardstick]; sad because of the continued dependence that this shows, and worrying because to me it’s pretty clear that if something does happen here we are all stuffed!

Posted by hobbit1 11:18 Archived in Democratic Republic of Congo

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