How to Light a Match

Congo

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I woke to the sound of loud voices, people shouting, and hurried movements.

I was stiff from sleeping curled up in a tight ball (to keep warm) on a hard cot and felt hung-over from the Xanax I’d taken the night before to fall asleep after seeing a scorpion. But I felt elated to be alive, that I had survived the night alone intact, and that my bag was still strapped to my pant leg.

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OH CONGO, HOW I SO ADMIRE YOUR UNABASHED CORRUPTION

Republic of Congo

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Just now coming through airport security (for a flight that is, btw, either leaving a full hour early or late — impossible to tell since my tix, the agent, the board at check-in, and board at gate each show different times, AND flight is making an unexpected and unscheduled stop back in Kinshasa — huh?), ok, back on point, so, security dudes search my bag and hone in on my flashlight.  Read more

THE GORILLAS OF THE NOUABALE-NDOKI NATIONAL PARK

Republic of Congo

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I have been living DEEP in the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Congo Basin rainforest with Ba’aka people, trackers, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) researchers with no running water, no electricity, no toilets, sleeping in tents, and thus no Internet for the past week to experience THIS! Read more