Tag Archives: Congo

Wargames – South Africans and Others

In 1998 and for several years thereafter, during the fighting here, the South African military came in as the first wave of African Union (AU) troops whose mission was to work with the Burundi military in peace-keeping activities.  The AU was … Continue reading

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Friday Funnies: Monkey-Business

While it is the human-like qualities of primates that attracts us to watch and enjoy them, it is the case that in rural Africa – at least the parts in which I’ve lived and travelled – they are simply considered … Continue reading

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Impact of The Lords Resistance Army in Central Africa

Towards the end of last week there was heavy bombing in the hills just above Uvira, a small town in the Congo,  just across Lake Tanganyika from us: These bombings were by the military of the Congo who, with tactical … Continue reading

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The French in Egypt and the Belgians in the Congo

When, in 1971, the government of the Belgian Congo changed its name to ‘Zaire’, the government also put in place the official policy of Autenticité – which promoted abandoning Belgian cuisine for local dishes.  Adoption of African apparel was also … Continue reading

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Cuisines and Crops of Africa – Imagining Cannibalism in the 19th Century and Now

It is a curious feature of cannibalism in Africa, that it is always practiced by another group – a group that is ‘just over the hill’ – and in that place.  There, it is said, one finds such a practice.  … Continue reading

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Cuisine and Crops in Tropical Africa – Colonial and Contemporary

[First posted August 2009,  Revised 13 December 2011] Over the coming months I will continue putting up brief notes on cuisine and crops in Africa,  covering the following and related topics.   Some of these are summary overviews, not intended … Continue reading

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A Tasty Congolese Relish with Manioc Leaves – Isombe y’umwamba

The following recipe – ‘Manioc leaves with crushed palm oil kernels‘ – is popular throughout central Africa and combines three of the most important local ingredients – manioc leaves, fresh oil from palm nuts, and ground nuts. Here are the … Continue reading

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