Brutalized by colonialism, plundered by politicians and destroyed in terrifying civil wars: Congo Brazzaville is Africa at its worst. But it is also home to people who inspire hope through their courage, their determination, their enduring optimism, and their sense of fun. Brazzaville Charms is a unique portrait of a country long ignored by the rest of the world. This first-person account, based on original research and interviews, tells the story of militiamen who are led by a dreadlocked reincarnation of Christ, of exorcisms and sorcery, of pygmies who are owned by their masters, of timber companies exploiting the rain forest, and of the wars that have been caused by oil.
Cassie Knight lived and worked in Congo Brazzaville from 2001--2003, managing a humanitarian aid program after the 1999 civil war. When she came to write this book her in-depth knowledge of the country gave her unparalleled access to Congo's people and places. She has a Masters in Social Anthropology from Manchester University and worked for Reuters and as an Africa analyst before moving into the NGO sector.