DR Congo: The Cataracts by Andrew McConnell

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A young boy plays among the scaffolds used to support fish traps at Boyoma Falls (known locally as Wagenia Falls). During the dry season water levels are too low for fishing and the oportunity is taken to repair the traps, and the scaffolds that hold them in place. Wagenia is the last of seven cataracts below which the Lualaba River becomes the Congo. For generations members of the Wagenia tribe have built and maintained these structures in the same manner described by Henry Morton Stanley, after whom the falls were also once named, during his navigation of the Congo in 1874-77.