Films of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing
Edited By John J. Michalczyk and SJ Raymond G. Helmick
Part Nine: Congo: In a Jungle of Man’s Inhumanity
PART NINE Congo: In a Jungle of Man’s Inhumanity There are times, young fellah, when every one of us must make a stand for human right and justice, or you never feel clean again. —Lord John Roxton in Sir Author Conan Doyle’s The Lost World Atrocities and Exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo Willy Moka-Mubelo, SJ The Democratic Republic of Congo is often referred to as a rich country with very poor people. It is like someone who feels thirsty while he lives next to a fountain of clean water. The obvious question is: how can such a situation be rationally explained? The exploitation of the Congo, both by external forces and local leaders, is a key factor that explains why this rich African country has never experi- enced true peace and stability. Lydia Polgreen describes it correctly: Though blessed with an incomparable endowment of minerals and water and abun- dant fertile land, this vast nation in the heart of Africa has known little but domina- tion and war since its founding as a colony under King Leopold II of Belgium in the 19th century. The bloodshed and terror have always been driven in part by the end- less global thirst for Congo’s resources, the vilest scramble for loot that ever disfig- ured the history of human conscience.1 From Polgreen’s description, it clearly appears that the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of plunder and of systematic abuses of its natural and human resources. The desire...
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