This is Congo

Brilliant BBC documentary on the Congo war (i.e. Democratic Republic of Congo) going on for more than two decades. Breathtaking footages from the countryside ravaged by the war, people living in transit camps in dreadful conditions with no food or medical supplies. People uprooted from the villages and travelling miles and miles on foot with their belongings and children, goat and all. The latest war has been going on for more than two decades, but Congo has always been a flashpoint since many years because of its immense mineral wealth available including diamonds, gold, tin, cobalt, manganese etc. Even before the independence it was the Arabs from Madagascar who looted the country then Belgians came in and systematically looted the country of its wealth. Mobutu Sese Seko somewhat integrated the country when Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of independent Congo was assassinated. Lumumba had played a major role in stabilizing the country after independence, but Mobutu Sese Seko then introduced a dictatorial regime in the country until his death in 1997. The eastern part of the Congo bordering with Uganda and Rwanda has seen major conflicts with both these countries aspiring the wealth of Congo. Rwanda Burundi has seen the biggest genocide in the mid 90s with millions of Hutus and Tutsis being killed by each other in a tribal war. The film crew go into the war when the Congo army led by Col Mamadou in the Goma province pushed back the M23 rebel group supported by Uganda and Rwanda. Superb documentary going into the history of Congo and the present troubles and some brilliant footages of the war and actual conflict.

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