Our last trip North?

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We just got back from what may be our last trip north. We left on Sunday morning for the airport in Lubumbashi, and with the normal assistance received by paying someone to get us through, we got on the plane with all of our luggage intact (it is always a nerve-racking experience going into the airports here—simply a mass of confusion). When we landed in Mbuji Mayi, Serge (one of the FM people who recently took over for Emanuel, who was promoted and moved to Kinshasa) was there to greet us and aide us in getting through the other end of the airport process. The airport director wanted to meet the new Mission President and get the ‘fee’ for coming to Mbuji Mayi for the first time (about $150).

Mbuji Mayi

They had brought two trucks so that the President could be taken immediately to begin interviewing elders while we…

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8 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT EBOLA VIRUS

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NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME PICTURES HERE THAT MIGHT BE OFFENSIVE SO BRACE YOURSELF

EBOLA VIRUS

1. EBOLA IS A DEADLY INFECTION

Ebola is a deadly infection that shows up between 2 and 21 days after one is infected. it damages the immune system. It damages body organs all these will happen in weeks. It mostly results in death up to 90%. Cases have been recorded in these African countries: Congo (DRC), Sudan, Gabon, cote d’ voire, Uganda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, 1 case in Nigeria.

2. EBOLA DOES NOT KILL EVERYONE THAT GETS INFECTED

Not all persons that had got infected with the disease resulted in death. There had been cases where some patients did not die as a result. Scientists do not really know why that happened, but the explanation is that their body immune system was able to fight it somehow. Know that fatality is up to 90%.

3. EBOLA…

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The Forest Giraffe (Okapi)

Congo’s own giraffe!

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Giraffids--extinct and extant (painting by Mauricio?) Giraffids–extinct and extant (painting by Mauricio?)

The Giraffoidea are a superfamily of artiodactyl mammals. They first evolved in the Miocene and they share a common ancestor with the deer and antelopes (and a slightly more distant common ancestor with hippos, pigs, and cows). Once the giraffes were numerous and mighty—twenty different genuses of these huge long-necked grazers spread throughout Eurasia and Africa. There were giraffids of all sizes and sorts—magnificent creatures bristling with hornlike ossicones and flourishing their long black tongues! But in the modern world the once-great family has shrunk down to two single species. The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is well known and features prominently in all sorts of cartoons and literature. The other last giraffe—the forest giraffe (more commonly known as the okapi) is much more obscure and was not known to science until 1901.

A male okapi (Okapia Johnstoni) at the Dublin zoo A male okapi (Okapia Johnstoni) at the Dublin zoo

Legends existed of a…

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