"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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It's been a busy week in eastern Congo. The BBC has a great, simple explanation of the conflict here; definitely check it out if you get the chance.

Last night we got word of an army mutiny against MONUC north of here in Ituri. I will definitely not be going to Ituri as planned; it looks like the violence will only get worse up there between now and the elections.

Speaking of, the elections have been delayed until June 18. Under the constitution, the elections have to be held by June 30. Despite the ubiquitous presence of Independent Electoral Commission vehicles and lots of pressure from the west to have an election, I wouldn't bet on it happening by the deadline. For once, I'll be glad if I'm wrong.


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