DR Congo at 50 by Stephan Vanfleteren

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Leon Tuidike Mibanga, chief soothsayer: 'I am the oldest man in the village. Age eighty-two. This rod is a sign that I am chief soothsayer. This carved snake is a symbol of my power. With this rod I can save lives and punish people. Couples sometimes come to me because they can't have children. Fertility sits in this rod and comes from the forest and the Savannah. It is a rod of life.'.