A Dutch christian NGO was approaching a celebration. That was the reason to ask writer cum pastor Adrian Verbree to travel to the eastern parts off the Congo to see at first hand the work that the NGO does. He could visit projects, talk to churchmembers and fellow pastors. And after the journey he could write a book about it to show the donors of the NGO what kind the y do. And that is what Verbree did. He punt his journey in an easy to read story. 

A few points of attention:

* He gets to the basic work, stays overnight in several small villages, far away from wetsern conveniences.

* He hands out money to all kinds of people he meets on the road, office bearers like chiefs and other people. Is he the white man showing off his wealth? The white man who tries to get an easy access?

* There are a lot of alcoholic beverages for Verbree and the Dutch workers for the NGO.

* The way the meetings and conversations with the Dutch workers are described would fit more in a private conversation than in a book presented at a festive occasion.

Adrian Verbree – De bron van de Congo – Helpen in de Verte – Zwolle 2003 – 208 pages

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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