Some sights leaving Mwene Ditu:
For some reason, I found the street coffins interesting (and they were near our hotel), so I went to talk to them. The wood coffin goes for $45,000 franks (about $45), while the purple one is $35,000. For an extra $15,000 franks they will also bury you.
Some sights of our drive to Luputa:
We had no problems on this leg of the trip, other than our bodies banging around in the car from all the deep ruts in the road.
The elders waiting to be interviewed by Pres. McMullin. While he was busy interviewing elders, Terri was checking on their health, and I was inspecting the Ward building.
The Mwene Ditu building– the chapel seats about 75, for a congregation of about 150-200! Every child must sit on a lap, and they use a large covered porch, as well as outside seating for Sunday meetings.
After the Pres. was finished, we walked to a small restaurant nearby for dinner with the Zone Leaders, and the Assistants to the Pres. who traveled with us.
The Pres. and Sister McMullin walking hand in hand as we traveled to the restaurant, just ahead and to the right.
The view from the ‘penthouse’ suite of the restaurant. They had just opened this section of dining, and we all were getting a little overwhelmed by the fumes from the stain on the wood. You got…
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This is typical of the road to Mwene Ditu. The paved road ended not far outside Mbuji Mayi. This road was relatively good, until you got closer to Mwene Ditu.
I will be showing picks of many trucks that travel this road– just unbelievably over-loaded, and THEN have people on top to boot!
Many, MANY trucks were broken down along the road. Some were being repaired on the spot, some had just been left. Several times we were lucky to be in a position to pass them, as they blocked the entire road. The larger trucks were out of luck– they just waited.
Notice all the people on TOP of the truck! This is a combination truck and taxi…
The rare patch of asphalt out of Mbuji Mayi was almost worse than the dirt road, as the pot-holes were quite large. Some of the holes we encountered could swallow a…
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How can the population be protected when the one that are supposed to protect them are not taken care of?..
Près de trois mille policiers du Kasaï-Oriental se plaignent de n’avoir touché, depuis huit mois, leurs salaires. L’un d’eux qui a requis l’anonymat a déploré cette situation dans un entretien à Radio Okapi :«Une délégation était venue de Kinshasa depuis le 23 mars 2011 pour nous contrôler. Nous disposons des cartes de contrôle. Arrivés en octobre de la même année, nos noms figuraient sur les listings, mais les chefs nous disaient d’attendre février 2012. En Février, nos noms disparaissent des listings, jusqu’à ce jour, on ne reçoit rien. Il y a des majors, des capitaines, des lieutenants et autres, qu’on fasse quoi ?»
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