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In pictures: River Congo fishermen
(Photos by the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman)
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The Wagenya people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo still use wooden canoes to fish on the River Congo.
(Photos by the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman)
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Life has not changed much since 1877, when British explorer Henry Morton Stanley started to map the 4,380km-long river.
(Photos by the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman)
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The Wagenya are administered by Chief Behaka, who is beating a wooden drum to let those living on the opposite side of the river know that visitors have arrived.
(Photos by the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman)
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They build bamboo scaffolding over rapids, which they swing on like acrobats before throwing their nets into the river.
(Photos by the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman)
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Their fishing nets are also made from bamboo weaved into baskets and set on rapids to catch the most fish.





SEE ALSO:
Profile: River Congo
27 Nov 03  |  Africa
Congo river reopens to trade
20 Jul 02  |  Africa
Country profile: Democratic Republic of Congo
23 Aug 03  |  Country profiles



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