Not everything in Bukavu is dire circumstances. In fact, the Congolese people tend to be good-natured amidst all the chaos, and they are willing to give a hand when an immediate problem presents itself, like pushing a truck uphill . . .
Or getting a hog on the back of a mototaxi.
This was no easy task because the hog was good-sized, weighing over 200lbs (I raised hogs one summer). But passerbys quickly assembled to help, and together they were able to hoist the unwilling animal onto the bike behind the driver.
While the others held the pig in place, the owner quickly jumped on and they were off-- wherever they went, probably not in the hog’s best interests!
With love and gratitude,