Photos: Western DR Congo

Kid in Mbanza Ngungu, Western DRC

Kid in Mbanza Ngungu, Western DRC

An agricultural officer at a pest and disease training

An agricultural officer at a pest and disease training

A young woman observing our activities in the field

A young woman observing our activities in the field

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Photo: Aru village in DRC at dusk

I was in Aru, a small yet buzzing village in Province Orientale in Democratic Republic of Congo near the Sudan border, in order to train agronomists in giving better plant health advice to farmers in the surrounding areas. The people are adorable and made me feel very welcome and safe. The outskirts are always lively in the evening, particularly after the rains and during Easter Sunday. Here I was just ambling along the main road near my hotel, and the colours and vibes were very relaxing. I later in the evening watched, filmed and eventually participated in a Michael Jackson tribute dance to Smooth Criminal...!

Aru, in Province Orientale in Democratic Republic of Congo near the Sudan border, is a small but buzzing town. the outskirts are always lively in the evening, particularly after the rains. Here is was just ambling along the main road near my hotel, and the colours and vibes were very relaxing. Hope you enjoy the picture!

Photo: a really cool grasshopper on cassava in DR Congo

grasshopper; insect; cassava pests; Congo; Africa

While I was out doing an agronomist training course in DRC, I came across this amazing grasshopper sitting on a cassava leaf. They are considered a pest on cassava and can destroy a whole crop if they are left alone. As bad as they are to the farmers, these insects are pretty spectacular to look at!

Photo: A South Sudanese woman in a market in Northern DR Congo

South Sudanese woman in Northern Congo market

This woman, whose name I unfortunately cannot remember, lived in what is now South Sudan and left during the recent troubles in Juba. She crossed into DRC and now lives in Aru, near the Ugandan border. She is growing cassava and banana to sell at the moment and is an expert seamstress. She owns her own sowing machine and gets good income from it. She was very happy to talk to me about the problems in the area. The North East Congo-Uganda-South Sudan region used to be a lawless area where many bad things happened. It is however easier now, and she is looking forward to returning to her native Juba soon. For her and her family, I really hope this happens! good luck!

Photo: Kid in Congo trying to understand what I am doing in his village

This picture was taken when I was working in a little village called Azumba, 18 hours by motorbike into Ituri province, North Eastern DRC. This was an extremely secluded location and whilst the accommodation for the training course and subsequent plant clinic development was extremely basic, the villagers were lovely people and took great care to make sure I had a great lasting impression. I still do, and look forward to seeing them in March this year!

This picture was taken when I was working in a little village called Azumba, 18 hours by motorbike into Ituri province, North Eastern DRC. This was an extremely secluded location and whilst the accommodation for the training course and subsequent plant clinic development was extremely basic, the villagers were lovely people and took great care to make sure I had a great lasting impression. I still do, and look forward to seeing them in March this year!