Chapter 1 revisits the violence of Leopoldian Congo and follows its traces through the actors and actions of Belgian Congo
A man's man, characterised by honesty, integrity, humility, diligence and a love of exuberant laughter; highly adventurous and of great courage, racing the death-defying Isle of Man motorcycle event; walking across the Sahara with a Taureg, recording urine osmolality along the trip; and being a military medical officer with the UN in the (then) Belgian Congo
The papers do not go beyond 1875, the year Greindl was sent to manage the affairs of what was to become the Belgian Congo
He spent 16 years hunting in Kenya, Uganda, Abyssinia, Sudan, the Lado Enclave, French Ivory Coast, Liberia, French Congo, and the Belgian Congo
Steve's first language is Swahili, the second is French, which he learned in the Belgian Congo
schools, and his third is English, which he learned while living in the refugee camp.
1960: Riot police stood by in the Belgian Congo
as Patrice Lumumba, the future controversial independence premier, was allowed to speak in public for the first time.
Van Laerhoven has been a travel writer in conflict-zones from 1990 until 2003 and echos of his experiences trickle through these confronting and thrilling tales, set in civil war-torn Algeria in the fifties, in a gypsy populated Polish concentration-camp during WWII, in a Peruvian border-town where stealing is a deadly art, in Liberia during the civil war in the nineties, and in Belgian Congo
during the bloody uproar in the sixties.
In June 1960, Belgium granted independence to the Belgian Congo
, one of its former colonies, and Lumumba was promptly elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, six months before he was murdered.
Kanda Bongo Man, born in 1955 in Inongo in the Belgian Congo
, left school at the age of 18 to join a local Kinshasa band, playing the hot rhumba sound of the time.
Following graduate studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas; Yale University, New Haven, and Hartford Seminary, Hartford, both Connecticut; and Ecole Coloniale in Brussels, Belgium, Maclin, with his wife, Alice, went as a Methodist missionary to Belgian Congo
, where in the 1950s he was director of a teacher training institute and taught in the seminary at Mulungwishi.
Although others have written on the importance of the U-2 aircraft in dispelling the "bomber gap" and "missile gap" between the US and Soviet military, Brugioni goes even further, exploring the use of imagery analysis to support US policy during crises and conflicts in the Suez, Hungary, Lebanon, Tibet, the Quemoy and Matsu Islands, Belgian Congo
, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Israel.
Two years later, he went back to the then Belgian Congo
to run the Leprosarium of Iyonda, in the Equatorial forest, where he stayed until 1959.