Above: Nyiragongo erupting. Image by Ranjeet Mangat Published in The East African Nation media – 31 May 2021 “I was driving with my friend when we saw fire coming from Nyiragongo.” It’s Ranjeet Singha Mangat my 24-year-old relative on the phone from Goma recounting the ordeal since Nyiragongo erupted on Saturday night, 22 May, in […]
Above: Roundabout in Gisenyi. Copyrght Rupi Mangat Published: 21 September 2019 Gisenyi in western Rwanda is the other half of an urban landscape that includes Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. So like Goma, Gisenyi is perched on the edge of the gas-filled Lake Kivu that is one of the African great lakes.
Above: CBD Goma. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: 20 July 2019 Congo’s been my dream destination even before Nyiragongo erupted in 2002 and nearly wiped out the little town of Goma in eastern DRC that’s on the shores of Lake Kivu and neighbouring Rwanda. The country is gigantic and the second largest in Africa, the Congo […]
Above: Approaching Bukavu from Lake Kivu – Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: 6 July 2019 Spending lazy days in Goma with family and discovering Congolese cuisine like the famous fish sambaza and the plaintain lintula, sipping coffee in smart restaurants like Nyumbani for eastern Congo people speak Swahili unlike Kinshasa where Lingala is the lingua franca […]
Above: Boy practising acrobatics by Lake Kivu in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation Media 26 June 2019 Goma and Gisenyi echo Charles Dickens’s novel, A Tale of Two Cities, based on a peaceful London and a Paris dogged by unrest before and after the French Revolution. Goma and Gisenyi share a […]