Films of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing
Atrocities and Exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Willy Moka-Mubelo, SJ
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 experienced true peace and stability. Lydia Polgreen describes it correctly:
Though blessed with an incomparable endowment of minerals and water and abundant fertile land, this vast nation in the heart of Africa has known little but domination 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 endless global thirst for Congo’s resources, the vilest scramble for loot that ever disfigured 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 to perpetuate the exploitation of this country has never been extinguished. In the report, “Conrad’s Nightmare: The World’s Biggest Dam and Development’s Heart of Darkness,” Anders Lustgarten explains how the leaders of the European Union are terrified by the idea of running out of energy and are willing to grant financial...
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