Congo and Congo
• Congo and Congo
Congas on the map two: Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first was a French colony, the second - the Belgian. Countries are often confused. Until recently, it was convenient, Democratic Republic called "Zaire", but simply a Republic "Congo". But in 1997, after the overthrow of another dictator, the country returned to its former name. Now the country is confused again. Each time it is necessary to specify, you went into some of the Congo.
What do we know about the DRC? If you open the history of the country, there will be endless military coups, dictators and civil wars. By the way, here and now is a civil war. That's just at that moment, when I write a post, came the news that the UN peacekeepers were ordered to support government forces in the fight against insurgents. In the east, restless. The country is poor. DRC is very easy to look at the list of countries in terms of GDP, it is always in the last place.
The Soviet Union began to flirt after gaining in the 60th year of independence, with the DRC. Then the Soviet Union made a bid to Patrice Lumumba, a native of this place. But it quickly killed during another redistribution of power. In principle, nothing outstanding Lumumba did not, well, except for a cut of Belgian officers, but we have made it a martyr and national hero. Even his name was called Peoples' Friendship University in Moscow, where staff were preparing for the future of the communist regimes. Later in the DRC to build communism came the great Che Guevara. Did not work out. His diary operations in the Congo began with the words "This is a story of failure."
When I was traveling through Africa in the spring on the car, I was all scared of the Congo. They said it was the most horrible and terrible country that people were angry that the plunder and no order. Our embassy is generally prohibited to drive into this region. Foreigners here do not favor. I can not say that the people as a particularly aggressive, but the attitude neskryvaemo cold. No one smiles, the children do not run to the car as in the rest of Africa. But to the pictures are very bad. Shoot almost impossible to open. Indignant and begin to show aggression, even those you have not even tried to photograph. So, imagine that you decide to shoot in Auchan. Approximately the same reaction would be. The whole country - a big strategic object. So, Kinshasa, capital of DRC. If you fly up to Kinshasa by plane at night, it is difficult to understand on what you fly. Under the wing of besproglyadnaya darkness. Lonely lights - whether the fishing boats on the sea, then, or whether the windows of houses fires - difficult to understand. Lights and street lighting is almost nowhere to be found. The road from the airport quite dark. People burn bonfires on the streets, in the air constantly smell of smoke.
Many machines in the darkness prefer to ride without lights or headlights just broken.
Normal covered only foreign refueling. There and in the evenings going to the people.
I wake up in the morning, put on his hat colonizer, Crocs, shirt and go for a walk around the city. The hotel entrance is stuck to the sellers of junk. Immediately tray daily newspapers.
The only decent street in the city. There are few tall buildings and even the lights! The roads in the capital, by the way, a very good place.
As in all of Africa, roads, hotels and shopping centers built by the Chinese. The Chinese have seized the whole of Africa is already 5 years ago. After another 10-15 years the continent will become a full-fledged Chinese colony.
Dove of Peace. He lives in Kinshasa 12 million people.
In the streets very clean for Africa. Everywhere there are wipers in light green vests and with a mop.
Sometimes the road ends.
bus, the main public transport. Minibuses are buying in Europe. To make it cheaper, usually take freight, then place cut on the window and put the seat. In one such bus can go up to 50 people. As the tram
Stop in the center.
People. The city has a big problem with crime, poverty caused by population
Currency Exchange. Dollars held in the hands, folding them in half volume. Local brick dirty banknotes close grid.
Shear mostly beard.
A very popular street shoes cleaners, they go and knock on two planks: tuk-tuk, tuk-tuk, tuk-tuk. Another very popular manicure and nail polishing, both men and women. manicurist go with ringing jars: breakpoint, breakpoint, breakpoint, breakpoint, breakpoint, breakpoint.
All of the sorcerer.
Baker. Generally, the Negro in the flour is also very beautiful. It is a pity, shy guy and ran away. It would be possible to remove it cool.
Baffling gipsovidnaya crap.
Meat sold directly to the skin. The whole wild world of Africa in the market.
Home World Africa.
And here is the appetizer!
M-th-th-th! Dinner! Roasted meat with fur too, probably, that there was a shaggy crispy crust. Well, no, that prevented him to take the same head and cook soup from them?
Street in the center.
After dinner we went out of town.
It has already begun my favorite wild Africa, for which I am so bored.
Do not know why, but nowhere have I felt so relaxed and well as in Africa. They say that every person has a place in this world where he finds peace of mind. My place is here, but with such a view. Kinshasa - a beautiful city. It is necessary to know when the election of the mayor here.
It would seem that Africa - a paradise on earth. But there are things that upset me even. The biggest problem in Africa - this is the internet, or rather its absence. Normal communication, there is almost nowhere. It is not possible to use the usual sites, watch videos, upload large images. It's very frustrating. Good hotels there, the wine is, too, have a good meal, but the internet does not exist anywhere. And why do we need hotels, wine and food, if you can not download a new series "Dexter" or "Under the Dome"? I starting to miss home. It is time to leave the glorious city of Kinshasa. Notice how it's clean! Despite the poverty, the city kept clean and tidy. On every street corner stands a janitor with a mop and sweeps!
On the big crossroads janitors much. This is the cleanest city in Africa! All sweep.
Hello Mizulina of Congo
It's time to cross the river to another state - Republic of the Congo. Kinshasa (the capital of the DRC) and Brazzaville (Congo capital) - the only ones in the world capital of two independent states side by side. By the way, Kinshasa, formerly known as Leopoldville. It was very nice - Brazzaville and Leopoldville! Across the river ferries or speedboats. Ticket for the boat is $ 25.
On the ferry - $ 5. Local Flavor for free.
This is Brazzaville.
You leave the boat and the man giving the passport at a wooden table, which is a long time all the rewrites in a notebook.
On the border of chaos. Residents of the two Kong can cross it without passports and stamps. Ferries come overloaded and hundreds of people to flee across the border bales. Police and customs officials are trying to pull out from the crowd of individuals and to feel their bags. When people have a lot, they are beaten with sticks or whips of rope, like sheep. This looks weird.
Running along the corridor of some poor black boy with a huge bag, the customs officer catches him and immediately hit in the face, kicks Negro customs leg and tries to escape. Then they yell at each other, the customs officer again has a negro face, the back again has a customs officer and escapes. The customs officer laughs.
Some go across the border grappled each other, "train", it helps fend off the police and protected by sticks. I was afraid to remove the ad in the video, as on the border of a bunch of people in plain clothes watching that has not been removed.
By the way, I wonder if the customs officer was white, and someone filmed the scene of the desecration of the poor negro, that would be an international scandal. And since all do not care, nigger nigger just let them do what they want. There he is, the real racism!
Station Brazzaville. Monument to the liberation of women, who now can not carry bags, and learn.
In contrast to its southern neighbor, the Republic of Congo has successfully build socialism in the image and likeness of the scoop. USSR generously bestowed Congo tractors, bearings, motorcycles, oil and other useful gifts. Unfortunately, socialism is not built, but many Congolese know a few words of Russian and generally well disposed towards us by force of habit. Society of Soviet-Congolese friendship is still relevant here.
In general, a former French colony.
View from the city's top hotels.
On the lawn of the white gentlemen playing cards.
traditional medicine, which is trying to teach the locals.
The women in Brazzaville, very beautiful.
Garbage many, this is not Kinshasa with its caretakers.
More. In general, all the women with something to do, unlike the DRC.
Wigs and hair Naroscheny all. By the way, remember that black women hair does not grow. If you see a black woman with long or straight hair - a wig or 100% Naroscheny. Here, by the way, no one believes that I have my own hair. This does not happen to such long and its.
Local fast food - fish in palm leaves.
In the Republic of the Congo has oil, so it is not as impoverished as the DRC. On the streets of iPads advertising. By the way, all building wooden fences and teeth, as we have in the village.
The Congo River, which separates the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By the way, the deepest and second longest river in Africa.
sfotkatsya girl on the waterfront. Turned out to be a prostitute, 15 years old, I came to work here in the CAR. The driver immediately offered to bring it to me in the evening number.
After a moment he almost break his neck. Why not do for a great shot.
A year ago at the army warehouses something exploded and part of the city destroyed by the blast. Killing 200 people. Until now, many areas of the city after the war.
no asphalt on many streets.
The entrance to a military base. Soldiers are lazy and protect the road, so that put a scarecrow.
Beauty. That's why I love Africa.
The Chinese are building a new home. The Chinese are generally very tightly entrenched here. There are many signs in Chinese, Chinese shops and restaurants.
Life boils. It is necessary to know when the election of the mayor here.
This view of the Kinshasa, where I was yesterday.
Here is yet Africa.