The Tragic State of the Congo: From Decolonization to Dictatorship

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Algora Publishing, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 228 pages
The Congo is rich in minerals and agricultural potential. What keeps it from emerging as a viable, even prosperous, state? During four centuries of the slave trade, the Portuguese alone claimed over 13.25 million lives. Then, King Leopold II of Belgium to.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The End of Belgian Rule
9
Chapter 2 The First Intervention
23
Chapter 3 Mobutu Returns to Power
39
Chapter 4 Terror and Dissent
55
Chapter 5 The Final End of Mobutu
73
Chapter 6 Corruption and Rebellion
113
Chapter 7 The Transitional Government
131
The National Assembly
144
The Senate
145
Provincial Administration
146
Epilogue
173
Highlights of the Draft Constitution
181
Appendix I Letters From Kinshasa
193
Appendix II Members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
205
Appendix III Members of the Congressional Subcom mittee for Africa Global Human Rights and Interna tional Operations
207

I Cessation of hostilities
133
III Transition principles
134
IV Duration of the transition
135
VI The Army
141
VII Final provisions
142
Appendix IV Current Voting Members of the United Nations Security Council
209
Bibliography
211
Index
225
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Page 10 - when the bambote (soldiers) were sent to make us cut rubber there were so many killed we got tired of burying, and sometimes when we wanted to bury we were not allowed to." "'But why did they kill you so?" '"Oh, sometimes we were ordered to go and the sentry would find us preparing food to eat while in the forest, and he would shoot two or three to hurry us along. Sometimes we would try and do a little work on our plantations, so that when the harvest time came we should have something to eat, and...
Page 12 - The danger lies not so much in the possibility that the Belgians will not compromise eventually with the force of nationalism, but that when they do they will find the Africans almost totally inexperienced in handling the responsibilities which they are certain to demand and eventually to get.
Page 15 - Belgium, moved by a very sincere and humanitarian idealism, came to our help and, with the assistance of doughty native fighters, was able to rout the enemy, to eradicate disease, to teach us and to eliminate certain barbarous practices from our customs, thus restoring our human dignity and turning us into free, happy vigorous, civilised men.

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