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Tammy had enough foresight to take photos inside the places we stayed. I thought I would add these shots because they really display the cultural shock that met us on our journey. Do you remember the views from the house we stayed in while spending the night in Bukavu?

The house is in this photos, the white one behind the brick house:

Inside it is modern, and not modern.

For example, here is the living/dining room, fully equipped with satellite television.

But in the same house, right around the corner, is this kitchen:

There is running water, but no place to store food, no refrigeration (a mini-fringe was brought in by the owner to use while he was in town), and the cooking is done on a small electric hot plate.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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