The World’s Deadliest Country
Welcome To The Land Where Time Goes Backwards
Get your jabs, people!
Our guest (and fixer tonight) is none other than the great travel writer Tim Butcher – journalist, war-correspondent and author of the best-selling Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart, which describes his hair-raising attempt to retrace Henry Morton Stanley’s 19th century route up the Congo River.
For the armchair traveler in all of us, Tim will be our escort to the scene of “the greatest human drama on the planet” – welcome to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, home to more chaotic warfare than a drunken child can shake his gun at – and from there, we head to Sierra Leone – arguably the world’s poorest country – in the aftermath of bloody civil war.
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