Posts in category DR Congo

Elvis in Africa

One day not long ago, I first encountered what I thought was a bust of Elvis Presley. His image was unsettling, as if his face had been surgically removed a la the movie “Face/Off.” I soon realized that it was a handmade ceremonial mask of “The King” made in the Chewa tradition. I thought it odd that the Chewa people of central and southern A [...]

Crossing into the Democratic Republic...

Some friends and I crossed the land border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia last weekend for a short trip to Lubumbashi in Katanga Province.  Katanga includes the panhandle of the DRC that juts into Zambia and nearly divides it into two pieces.  The land border crossing between the DRC and Zambia was so crazy that [...]