A Botanist's Story

4 Jul

Botanist Corneille Ewango describes how he grew into his profession, how he continued his work in the face of war, and how he risked everything to get news about rebel activities to the outside world.  This was recorded in 2007 and posted on TED in 2008.  His analysis of the situation holds true today.  Listen to what he says at the end when people ask, "how can I help?"

This underscores what I have said many times: that the greatest resource in the Congo is its people.  It's because of people like Corneille that we are so invested in increasing institutional capacities in Congo and want to give our service in higher learning.   May he live long to inspire others, and may there be many more like him.

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