congo watch: i should've studied village governance in reggio-emilia
So about my trip to the Congo this summer...
I generally ignore travel warnings from the State Department, as they tend to be a bit, shall we say, over-cautious. On this one, there's no way I'd go to Kinshasa right now. In terms of stability, the east is like another country - it's so removed that people in Kinshasa and people in the east don't always know what's happening in the other place.
Instead, I ususally rely on the Australians, who have a much more sensible view of how safe it actually is to travel in a given location. And while their current travel warning is pretty harsh, it seems to be mainly concerned with the violence in Kinshasa.
That said, North Kivu is definitely having more problems. Sigh.