Crisis in Congo
Friends of the Congo’s Kambale Musavuli says the fate of Congo’s democracy hangs in the balance
Friends of the Congo’s Maurice Carney says the US shares responsibility for Congo’s latest crisis because it backed corrupt Congo leaders when it served their interests.
Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) is not new. Since it gained independence in 1960 it has been ravaged by war, tyranny and international economic opportunism. Despite a promise from rebel leader Laurent Nkunda to support a UN backed ceasefire, the fighting has not stopped between Nkunda’s forces and the Congolese government. Congo is bordered by eight different countries and McClatchy journalist Shashank Bengali believes that "there is potential for this conflict to destabilize the whole region."