"The Heart of Darkness - Tortured: Police Nationalé" Republic of Congo by weltleben

Republic of Congo Travel Guide: 79 reviews and 114 photos

Trip with 500 cows down the UBANGUI- & CONGOriver

We wanted to make a special route nobody had done since almost 10 years - through the heart of the continent. So we went via the Central African Republic to Bangui (capital of C.A.R.) and waited to get a boat down to Brazzaville (Republic of Congo).
"We leave tomorrow!", explained us Captain Henri.
We waited more than two weeks...
"It takes 8-12 days down the Ubangui and Congo-river!"
It took us 16 days plus 7 days for unloading...
But these weeks where a great experience and we changed so many nice (except the torture incident) experiences together with our village on the boat: About 40 people and 500 cows from Chad to be sold at Brazzaville.
We ate a Boa-snake, crocodile, manioc and a lot of other things. We talked and talked and got a god insight into the real Africa. Before we just knew a little about witchcraft and people a still in jail and killed therefore.
Check out at the hole Story at our homepage http://www.weltleben.at (follow the instructions HOME --> !Hexerei & Folter (witchcraft an torture) and DAILY (Diary)
Get the chronic of our trip at HOME -> Cronik

Mugging and tortured by the Police Nationale

In Congo-Brazzaville, Boyéllé Vilage the Police Nationale tortured our Captain Henry Delmotte to get money.
They shot twice close over our heads, captured us for almost 24 hours and robbed money from everybody except us. Why?
They where frightened, because they expected us to have a sat phone. We found a way to report everything to the president of Congo Brazzaville, because our foreign ministry did nothing at all.

Police escapes with the goods

Henry tortured the 3rd time

We helped Captain Henri, our friend as good as possible. We gave him drops against the pain and the shock. It helped.
We will never will forget his eyes, when these bastards brought him back after the torture. These bastards escaped with peanuts, worth EUR 376 and a lot of money from all the pasangers, except us.
"The Horror! The Horror!", with the last words of Joseph Conrads book: Heart of Darkness.
Check out at the whole Story at our homepage http://www.weltleben.at (follow the instructions for translation) REISEBERICHTE (Travel Stories) -> UEBERFALL IM CONGO (Mugging in Congo).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:dense rainforest, peolpe, first since 10 years
  • Cons:torture and mugging by the Police Nationale
  • In a nutshell:The African Wild West - rough, interesting, great and adventurous!
  • Last visit to Republic of Congo: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 12, 2006
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  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2007 at 10:52 PM

    wow this is just insane. what the heck is wrong with these people? if something happened to you, it would be an international incident. luckily you're ok.

  • Marina_tom's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    You wrote a very helpful and real story! A lot of people are looking at some things pretty pink (like everything is great and perfect) or they even don't know what's going on! Your story could really help so much to other travelers! Thank you!

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