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


congo film

Did you watch Lumo? What did you think? Any questions about Goma, the Congo, or the work of Heal Africa? I'll do my best to answer, or ask someone who would know.
(The women in this picture were awaiting fistula surgery at Heal Africa in Goma, March 2006)


Blogger David McCullars said...

1,000 people per day. I just can't wrap my head around that number. That's two 9-11's per week with Saturday off.

Thanks for sharing a really compelling documentary. I'm glad to put images to a place and to people you mentioned so frequently in your posts this summer.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 1:14:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

David, I'm glad you were able to watch it. Yeah, the generally accepted estimate is actually 1,200. It's just mind-boggling, and when you start to think about what that does to a society, day after day, year after year, you can start to understand what it's like.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:33:00 AM

Blogger euphrony said...

I didn't get to watch it last night. Will there be a repeat?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:02:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Yes, most PBS stations are airing it again but at crazy hours, so you might want to DVR or tape it. You can check local listings from the Lumo website at: http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2007/lumo

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:41:00 AM

Blogger euphrony said...

Okay, I see why I missed it. My local PBS doesn't seem to be airing P.O.V. - just one episode listed in the last month. You would think Houston would have that, but I guess not.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:53:00 AM

Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

P.O.V. comes on at a very inconvenient time on my local PBS station. But I videorecorded it and watched it yesterday. It was excellent and I have recommended it to others.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 12:33:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Michael, glad you caught it. We're getting a lot of those 3am airings as well. Euphrony, you should call Houston PBS and complain. But the film is out on DVD as of this week, so you might be able to netflix it soon.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 10:56:00 PM

Blogger euphrony said...

Thanks for the tip.

Friday, September 21, 2007 9:15:00 AM


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