Reporting in the Congo

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Anjan Sundaram explains why he decided to take a break from working toward a doctorate in mathematics at Yale to uproot his life, move to the Congo, and become a freelance foreign correspondent. He ended up working for the AP to help cover the 2006 election campaign between Joseph Kabila, son of the assassinated rebel who deposed Mobutu in 1997, and his vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba. In his memoir Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo, Sundaram moves back and forth between his personal adventures and the Congo’s troubled history and politics.