The heat was oppressive. The air was heavy, barely breathable for one not used to the nearly 100% humidity. I was given 5 minutes to take pictures on the banks of the Congo River, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Policeman who accompanied me, told me where I could point my camera. If he listened closely, he could hear the shutter click. After three clicks I had to move on.
2 thoughts on “On the Banks of the Congo River”
Why were you only given 5 minutes?
The local leaders were concerned about my security. Things are not, or were not entirely stable in Kinshasa. I was carrying expensive camera equipment and I stood out in unavoidable ways. The concern was that I would be robbed or mugged. They hired a policeman to accompany me and he would only allow me to stay in one spot and take selected pictures for just about 5 minutes. The main reason was security.