GENOCIDE AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY: Unit III. Dem. Rep. of the Congo 2 of 5

Current History
 
 

 


The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a central African state with roughly 58 million people, 250 different ethnic groups, and 700 different languages and dialects. Over the past decade, the DRC has been embroiled in the deadliest conflict since World War II, leading to the death of roughly 3.8 million people between 1998 and 2004.



The conflict has many facilitating factors, including the condition of its government.
From 1965 to 1997, the military general Mobutu Sese Seko governed the country,
instituting a system of theft, fraud, and corruption that left government institutions hollow and ineffective.




Why do some interventions by foreign countries seem to improve a country’s situation while others seem to make things worse?

Should each ethnic group be allowed to seek self-determination, or, in other words, should each distinct ethnic group in the world have its own state?

BBC News: Timeline of Congo History
Biography Laurent Kabila
Hutu-Tutsi Conflict
International Monetary Fund
Mobutu Dies in Exile in Morocco
Wikipedia: Mobutu Sese Seko
MONUC Mission in the Congo
Pretoria Accord
RCD
Rwanda’s Tormentors Emerge ... to Haunt Congo
Summary of Lusaka Accord 1999
The World Bank