Monday, July 5, 2010

The Tour de Congo

Hundreds of bicycle riders, racing over a demanding course, supported by international organizations, conversing in French is coincidentally the scene of the Tour de France and also that of the southeastern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, the Congolese riders are not in pursuit of a yellow jersey like the riders of the Tour de France, which began this Saturday. Instead, they are on a mission to deliver food and seed to villages devastated by war. Flying in food is expensive and inefficient while trucks often get stuck in the roads destroyed during the war, however bicycles are reliable and employ the locals. Follow the riders on their journey as they bring hope to a forgotten land.

The documentary, Hope in the Congo, originally aired April 4, 2008 on Bill Moyers Journal. Watch the full program online.

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