The Congo: The Wet Days

In the Congo, it rained all week. Flash floods washed out streets of Leopoldville's native city, where hundreds of huts slowly caved in under the ceaseless downpour. In Coquilhatville, striking civil servants who had not been paid for three months gave up their picketing in the driving rain and stayed indoors. This was the land of crisis, the subject of endless U.N. debates, but on the scene it wore a lethargic air.

Well-fed Belgians, the tails of their sports shirts hanging over their khaki shorts, clogged the noisy Manhattan Bar at Leopoldville's Hotel...

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