on 8 May 2011
The Republic of Congo is a small country overshadowed by its larger neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was originally colonised by the French and is still dominated by French interests in the local oil industry. As a country it has long been exploited and its people subjected to all kinds of hardship. Cassie Knight, who knows the country well, presents her personal saga in Congo Brazzaville against the background of the broader events in the country in an original and compelling way. She has travelled widely in the country and reports on the dedication of people working to help those in the war zones, of the influence of primitive beliefs in the villages, of conditions witnessed that are akin to slavery and of the unfettered exploitation by big business. The courage and charm of the local people come through strongly. This is a fascinating account of a little known country in Africa, hardly touched by the world's media. Students of Africa, people working in NGOs or institutions in Africa, politicians concerned with the region - as well as visitors - should all benefit from this well written book.