Monday, October 09, 2006



Hi Hans,

About a month ago I went to the waterfalls of Bouali with Dieu Donné, the superior of the congregation in CAR. On the way there, I saw lots of vehicles that were overloaded with people and baggage so that the rear bumper was almost scraping the tarmac. I saw taxis that had attached some kind of metal cage on the roof so that people sitting on top of the car could hold on to something while the taxi is going along at a speed of almost 100 km/h. The obvious problem is that when there is an accident there are always quite a few people that get killed.
The waterfalls are quite nice and they are just a little bit downstream from the barrage that supplies the electricity for Bangui. Not far from there the former president Patasse had a mansion. Next to it stands an abandoned helicopter, a Russian Mi 8 with a CAR registration. It had taken off just a few meters away, but was too heavily loaded and they crash landed it there. Apparently nobody had been injured but the helicopter was just left there.
Not far from Bouali there is also a little lake with some crocodiles. I went there with a couple of priests and sisters for a picnic the other day. A couple of weeks ago I was in Mbaiki and Pissa. It is interesting to see how the people live in the poor countryside. But even there you can tell the houses of the poorer people from those of the better off.


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