Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa's Deadliest War

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9781851689651: Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa's Deadliest War

While poring over dust-caked pamphlets in the library, Ben Rawlence stumbles upon the photo of a lost city of colonial Congo--a glistening, modern metropolis built by huge tin mines and European capitalists. Today, that city, Manono, sits beyond the infamous Triangle of Death,” in an area rarely reached by outsiders since war turned the country’s rivers to blood.

In this compelling debut, Rawlence sets out to gather the news from this ghost town in one of the most dangerous places in the world. Ignoring the advice of locals, reporters, and mercenaries, he travels by foot, motorbike, and canoe, taking his time and meeting the people who are rebuilding their homes with hope, faith, and nervous instinct. We meet Benjamin, the kindly father of the most terrifying Mai Mai warlord; Leya, who happily gives up a good job in Zambia to return to her razed town; Colonel Ibrahim, a guerrilla turned army officer; the Lebanese cousins Mohammed and Mohammed, who oversee the remains of Manono’s great mine; the priest Jean-Baptiste, who explains the conjoined prices of beer and normality; and the talk-show host Mama Christine, who dispenses counsel and courage in equal measure.

From the blood cheese” of Goma to the decaying city of Manono, Rawlence shares the real story of Congo during and after the war, and finds not just a lost city but the seeds of a peaceful future.

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About the Author:

Ben Rawlence is a senior researcher on Africa for Human Rights Watch. He has written for The Huffington Post, Guardian, Prospect magazine, London Review of Books, and others and contributed to BBC radio. Fluent in Swahili, he received his master’s in international relations from the University of Chicago. He travels regularly to London, New York, and Africa as part of his investigative work for Human Rights Watch.

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"A distressing but important read." - Kirkus Reviews

Intrepid and undaunted by hazards that would send most journalists scurrying back to the bar of their hotel, Ben Rawlence gets far deeper into the life of this war-torn country than most.”
--Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost

Lucid, laconic, and elegantly written.”
--Michela Wrong, author of In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

Gripping... Rawlence gets under Congo’s skin... He makes a self-effacing guide with a necessary sense of the ridiculous, an eye for the telling detail and a talent for evocative description. But it is his closeness to the Congolese that really stands out.”
--The Times (London)

Radio Congo is an unexpected broadcast of hope... This is a much-needed to a misunderstood country and a welcome glimpse of sunshine.”
--Prospect magazine

Intimate and entertaining portraits.”
--The Economist

Rawlence writes in a lyrical style, whether he’s introducing us to some of the eccentric characters he meets along the way or... the scenes he encounters, both harsh and beautiful.”
--We Love This Book

A compelling debut.”
--The Bookseller

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