The Congo Crisis

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Over a period from 1960-1965, the first Republic of the Congo experienced a period of serious crisis. There was a terrible war for power that displayed senseless violence and the desperation to rule. There were many internal conflicts among the people. The country eventually gained independence from Belgium. For many countries this would be a time for celebration. Unfortunately for the people of the Congo this became a time to forget. Almost immediately after independence and the general elections, the country went into civil war. Major developed cities like Katanga and Kasai wanted to be independent from the Lumumba government. Different factions started to fight the government and Katanga and Kasai tried to secede from the rest of the country out of fear of the mutinous army that was out of control looting and killing. All out war ensued to the point where the international community had to intervene. The United Nations, Belgium, the United States of America and many other countries all became involved for different reasons. The outcome was the death of countless civilians, leaders like Lumumba and even the untimely death of the United Nations secretary general, Dag Hammarskjold in a plane crash en route to mediate the violence. Military force led by the United Nations eventually muzzled the rebellion and with United States and Belgium’s help, Mobutu gained power. His leadership has been shown through history to be not much better. In a period leading up to the eventual Independence from Belgium in 1960, several political parties were formed. The populous argued for independence from Belgium due to many decades of brutality and corruption under Belgian colonization. There were many protests and riots fighti... ... middle of paper ... ...from researching and writing about the events I felt I was transported to this time and place and I can really feel for the people of this country. Even when we read history books we are able to just take in the event as a historical time. It is easy to just read out numbers of slaughtered and oppressed like statistics but looking closer we must see that in the thousands who suffered and died there were brothers and sisters, moms and dads and little children. This unnecessary suffering was for greed and lust for power. This is a sad story that keeps repeating itself time and time again. Works Cited parenti,christian congo's crisis, congo's history. sept.2007 new york times 27 dec 2002 Congo:the heart of darkness. dec.1961 times magazine 22dec1961 mission for hammarskjold:Congo Crisis Patrice Lumumba:Africa's Lost Leader
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