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the atlantic to kinshasa: a journey on the river congo | dr congo

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the atlantic to kinshasa: a journey on the river congo | dr congo

democratic republic of congo - the river congo has always inspired reverence."our river congo spills violently into the ocean, which is unable to stop its passage," engeye nbondwange, an aging naval officer and amateur historian, says as he vigorously gesticulates on the beach at banana point, a spit of land where the land, river and ocean collide."our river congo discharges 50,000 cubic metres of water per second into the atlantic ocean," he says, as he marvels at the 160km-long gorge the powerful river has bored into the seafloor over thousands of years.aided by a homemade map and wooden stick, nbondwange has become a semi-permanent fixture at banana peninsula, a sandy piece of land that juts into the mouth of the river congo at the southern tip of the country's tiny slither of coastline. he energetically dispenses lessons about the river, which ejects more water into the ocean than any other in the world other than the amazon.engeye nbondwange gives a geography lesson to motorcycle taxi driver ferdinand on the beach at banana point [william clowes/al jazeera]banana penisula has been a naval base since congo was a belgian colony. today, there is little sign of any operational military hardware but hundreds of impoverished soldiers are still stationed here. anyone wishing to reach the beach has to hand over a couple of dollars to a bored recruit to pass through the roadblock at the camp's entrance.while nbondwange fizzes with enthusiasm as he tells the river's storie...