Look at the hate we're breeding Look at the fear we're feeding
07.10.2009 - 07.16.2009 24 °C
Late in the afternoon of the 10th we finally made it to Kinshasa, the countries capital, and a city considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world. This fact was evident by the enormous amount of razor wire spun around compounds in town; the UN building alone had 5 horizontal rows 2 rolls deep! In fact, DRC has the largest concentration of UN workers in any one country, approximately 11000; however the problem areas lie in the east and we made a quick transit down the coast to avoid such problems. We tried to source out a stay at Chutes de Lukia but couldn’t find any roadsigns leading us to it, so we bush camped in a quarry roadside instead. Our second night in the country was spent at ‘chutes du Congo’, a spot which seemed to be popular with the UN workers from the capital and after meeting some it was upsetting to hear the perspective of the ‘humanitarians‘. It’s no wonder the locals seem so horribly miserable; they clearly see the wealth of the united nations but no discernible share of it.
After our 12th tyre puncture, another bush camp, and passing through the small town of Mbanza-Ngungu we finally made it through the windy road to Matadi. We spent three days at the catholic mission compound in the seemingly pleasant town that prevented the previous trans-Africa trip entry into the country (fighting broke out a year earlier and several hundred people were killed). Chris tried to source out a new radiator to no avail, so we’ve all crossed our fingers hoping George will get us through Angola (which we only have 5 day transit visas for).