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


this & that

"A few years ago, a Chinese tourist was standing on the rim of Mount Nyiragongo, a live volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, snapping photographs as the lake of lava smoked and bubbled hundreds of yards below her. Straining for an angle, out on a ledge, something happened and she fell like a cartoon character down the inside of the crater. Apparently still alive, she lay a distance from the lava but a first rescue attempt, using a United Nations helicopter, had to be aborted. When a rescue team of climbers finally reached her, she had died. A rebar cross juts out of the volcano's lip where she fell. Within 50 miles of Mount Nyiragongo, tens of thousands of people live in refugee camps. The UN provides them with calories and tarps to sleep under. I don't think it would fish a refugee out of the volcano."


Anonymous J. said...

I'm enchanted by, and also reasonate with, the suggestion that foreigners could learn more about a place simply by going to church (or, I guess, to the temple or mosque if possible).

Friday, September 04, 2009 11:29:00 AM


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