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


congo watch

Things that have happened in Kinshasa/I've learned since leaving to go watch the games five hours ago:
  • The UN has been evacuating schools and moving important people to the MONUC HQ. I assume that includes the Belgian school, which is the one I'm worried about.
  • Bemba sought refuge in the South African embassy, but I've read that they won't grant him asylum.
  • Mortar rounds landed in Brazzaville, the capitol of the other Congo, which sits two miles directly across the Congo River from Kinshasa. (Read: whoever's firing these things has no aim. That's what makes this so much more dangerous than it inherently has to be.)
  • Either a grenade or a mortar round hit the Spanish embassy. Isn't it frightening that they don't know?
  • The ambassador from Nigeria is badly wounded.
  • Peloustore, a fancy grocery store where I got my lunches in Kinshasa, was looted.
  • It's 4 in the morning in Kinshasa and people are still awake because they're still blogging because there are still shots and mortars going off. What a miserable experience.
  • It occurred to me earlier to wonder whether they tried to stage a coup or not. I don't think they did. But Bemba's troops have been able to control far more of Gombe than anyone expected.

I know no one really cares about this, but these are my friends, this is a place I've been, and this is scary. It helps me to know as much about what's going on as possible. Thanks for your patience with all my Congo posts.



Anonymous rp said...

I actually do care about this...that's one of the main reasons I read your blog. I don't know all the ins and outs and you are my interpreter. I care because it is part of my/our faith to care. And I care because it means so much to you...

Friday, March 23, 2007 12:55:00 AM

Anonymous mark said...

what rp said...

Friday, March 23, 2007 7:51:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Thanks, y'all.

Friday, March 23, 2007 8:13:00 AM


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