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Brazzaville Charms
Author: Cassie Knight

ISBN: 9780711227989
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1 February 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4
Description:
Brutalized by colonialism, plundered by politicians and destroyed in terrifying civil wars: Congo Brazzaville is Africa at its worst. But it is also home to people who inspire hope through their courage, their determination, their enduring optimism, and their sense of fun.

Brazzaville Charms is a unique portrait of a country long ignored by the rest of the world. This first-person account, based on original research and interviews, tells the story of militiamen who are led by a dreadlocked reincarnation of Christ, of exorcisms and sorcery, of pygmies who are owned by their masters, of timber companies exploiting the rain forest, and of the wars that have been caused by oil.

About the Author

Cassie Knight lived and worked in Congo Brazzaville from 2001 - 03, managing a humanitarian aid program after the 1999 civil war. This book is based on further extensive travel and research. She has a Masters in Social Anthropology from Manchester University and has worked for Reuters and as an Africa analyst before moving into the NGO sector.

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