Saturday, December 20, 2008

Congo Warlord's Pet Goat Betty

Laurent Nakunda and his pet goat, Betty

Not that the photography of the New York Times is not consistently wonderful, but today's paper features a particularly beautiful set of black and white photographs of renegade Congolese warlord Laurent Nakunda that are surprisingly dark and atmospheric for the front page of the New York Times.

The incongruity of a Congo warlord accused of mass killings and conscription of child soldiers having a pet goat named Betty is almost too much to understand. Only Betty remains innocent in this nightmarish children's book from an alternate reality.

Congo Warlord Linked to Abuses Seeks Bigger Stage