The ‘gri-gri’ in the insanity: The police, the mentally ill, and the bullets

These lines are drawn from field encounters at a police station in DR Congo in November 2014

I entered the Captain’s office at 9:30-ish am for an interview on the relationships of Congolese public servants with the urban population and to collect contact information for local authorities. As he handed over a small piece of paper containing the names and number of four neighborhood chiefs, he said “do not tell them you got their numbers from the police or they will become suspicious”. I nodded and hastily put the note in my pocket.

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