Photo: a traffic jam in Democratic Republic of Congo

In North Kivu, when you are on the road, you are always hoping the road will stay clear, at least long enough for you to complete your journey... Here we were coming back from a plant clinic in Halungupa in the Rwenzori sector, and two trucks had become stuck, and the one all the way on the right  got stuck in a ditch. No where to go, no where to pass. A funny thing then happens. car from either side of the trucks switch passengers, so that everyone can make their journeys. This oepration might sound chaotic but everyone is used to it here, and it was extremely well organised. Who lets three stuck trucks get in the way of their business? Not the Congolese!

In North Kivu, in Democratic Republic of Congo, when you are on the road, you are always hoping it stays clear of obstructions like, well like massive trucks with broken suspension, at least long enough for you to complete your journey… Here we were coming back from a plant clinic in Halungupa in the Rwenzori sector, and the truck in the centre had a broken shaft and front left wheel, the one on the left had tried to go around it and stuck in the mud, as well as the one on the right. No where to go, no where to pass. Could take hours to sort out right? Wrong! Cars from either side of the trucks simply switch passengers, so that everyone can carry on with their journeys. This operation might sound chaotic but everyone is used to it here, and it was extremely well organised. Who lets three stuck trucks get in the way of their business? Not the Congolese!

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2 thoughts on “Photo: a traffic jam in Democratic Republic of Congo

  1. Interesting! Reckon the average angry British motorist should be sent out to DRC for a month or so to learn how they take care of business for real!

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