…the man was killed here before, by cutted with this pangas into pieces. I got the job because he was killed.

When I hear some robbery, I can just go sloooowly, now will be waiting becos what is needed: don’t shoot him if he is out of the fence. What is needed, you wait him enter in the fence, and then you can shoot him. Inside of the fence.

And if you are heeero, you can even leave him after getting in the fence, you can even leave him and then you wait till you know what he needs to do. Maybe to run with the car, or to take the tyre of the car, or to broke the door to find where’s the cash – then you caaan: shot him.

Therefore, you must be ready for fight.

There’s something to this man called Raphael, a man working as an askari (night guard) protecting the National Fishing Institute in Hubert Saupert’s award-winning documentary “Darwin’s nightmare” (as mentioned earlier), that still fascinates me. What exactly is it? His low and soft voice I’ve seen with so many other askaris before? I don’t know.
What I do know, though, is that this is the best documentary I’ve seen by far.


Simba mwenda kimya ndiye mla nyama.

Author: jke

Hi, I am an engineer who freelances in water & sanitation-related IT projects at Saniblog.org. You'll also find me on Twitter @jke and Instagram.

7 thoughts on “Raphael”

  1. cant wait to see this documentary..heard about the part in the movie where it shows the effect of the Nile perch on Lake Victoria.

  2. Thanks for this tip JKE (?) on Darwin’s Nightmare. I had hoped that you had seen this award-winning documentary at the cinema here in Germany but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I did find a good review of the film over at the Boston Globe in case your readers are interested. Read the Globe’s Dec 12, 2005 artilce “Darwin’s Nightmare Movie Review”. Here is the URL:

    I found a very good trailer of the film over at download.com’s video site with play options for both Windows Media Player and Macromedia Flash Video. It’s a pity that Hubert Sauper doesn’t offer more video info from the film over at his website(s) albeit his director’s notes and background info are comprehensive.

    Ukrainian and Russian pilots running around down in the African Great Lakes Region, financed by European companies involved in the imported Nile Perch business. Deadly combination for the people of the region. As that fat, disgusting-looking Ukrainian Anatov driver (cargo plane pilot) said in the film while denigrating his Tanzanian prostitute girlfriend, “…business is business.”

    P.S. 007 in Africa (blog) did a review of Michel Thierry’s documentary on the Congo River last year, but I am not sure if it is the same film you are interested in viewing. He’s done a couple of award-winning films on the DRC. If you find a good trailer or the “whole tamale” online, let me know. Please.

  3. Finally watched this documentary and it evoked so many emotions in me. The exploited and exploiter, each with their story. I liked the part where the man in the documentary being shown to the leader of the region in a conference in Kenya when the obviously disgusted man says ” One man, one bucket” meaning the introduction of the Nile Perch in Lake Victoria which in return destroyed the ecosystem of the largest tropical lake in the world!
    @Jke : Raphael was an interesting character. He has this demeaner about him that comes off as dangerous but yet he is an intelligent man who dreams of his son being a Pilot someday ..of fish? . I remember him saying though” you go to war to kill” Woi.. that not a man I would want to mess with …
    Very nice documentary…. “Scramble for resources”

  4. Yes, the conference as shown in the documentary is just a good showcase for how these issues are seen and discussed. They’re better of using the money to organize such a conference and spend it on housing projects or health work. We had a good laugh here while watching those ministers trying to look important and not saying anything at all with their dumb arguments.

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