I’m a big fan of Anthony Bourdain, so when I saw he was going to the Democratic Republic of Congo on CNN last night I stayed up far later than a new mother of three is physically capable in order to watch. All I can say is, I’m really disappointed, and I could have used the sleep. CNN and Bourdain had a real opportunity here to show people, in a good full hour show, what is happening and has happened in Congo and how the West has pretty much been ignoring it for decades.
Countless Congelese women whose lives have been destroyed by assault, rape and murder remained in the political shadows, untouched by cameras, while Bourdain and his team (which included a heavy drinking so-called documentarian) journeyed overnight down the Congo River so he could make a painful DIY version of coq au vin at 2am then visit an abandoned Belgium research library the following day. Bourdain concluded that in Congo he met people still “waiting for something to be done”, and in the end, he too left them still waiting.by