Category Archives: Congo


I dug up some old journals the other evening and found a notebook I carried with me on my first trip to Congo. Reading it, I realized how much I’ve forgotten. The chicken that flew into our guesthouse room one morning. The plastic jar of Smucker’s grape jelly with Arabic writing on it. And how […]

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Congo and Rwanda Room Tours

This weekend, I ran across some video I took last year in Congo. Since I recently took you on a “tour” of my place in San Francisco, I thought it only fitting to show you where I stayed in Congo and Rwanda. So, voila. The first half is in Bukavu, Congo, and the second half […]

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“Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth”

I’m not going to tell you this is easy to watch (and it is graphic). But, this is happening, and we need to be talking about it. Click here to learn more about the film and how you can get involved.

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Around this time of year, two years ago, my grandmother passed away. A friend lost his brother. January is often a bad month. Christmas is over and it’s too cold and you lose people and you go to the funeral and the sky is gray and you’re sick and you think how appropriate, you’re glad […]

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Congo, Day 1 and 2

(If you need catching up, click here.) After spending the night at the border of Rwanda and Congo, we got up early and had a few restful moments in the courtyard of our hotel before the chaos of the border crossing: the immigration forms, the piles of suitcases we needed to transport (fortunately, many of […]

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