Congo: Fading Boss

In the Congo something always seems to turn the soberest occasion into a joke.

Last week it happened again in the arrival of a planeload of emergency supplies donated by the U.S. for flood-battered Stanleyville. It was quite a moment for the lazy little river capital of Eastern Prov ince, stronghold of Red-backed Antoine Gizenga, whose own rebellion against the central government had for a time seemed as serious as Moise Tshombe's in Katanga.

The town had been without water and light for weeks; now, everything had been arranged to unload the plane...

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