December 8, 2012

The Sick Man of Africa

Richard Dowden, The Spectator

AP Photo

I dread attending meetings on Congo. At almost every one a Congolese will stand up and start to rail, then scream and weep. Some get very aggressive. The police were called to one meeting. For a while I was embarrassed and irritated. Now I think it is absolutely understandable, appropriate even. The Democratic Republic of Congo, the vast heart of Africa, endowed with some of the richest ores and most fertile land on the planet, lies broken and ungoverned. Congo has the lowest GDP per capita in the world and lies at the very bottom of the UN’s Human Development Index.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Congo, Africa

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

December 1, 2012
A Chance for Calm in Congo
Los Angeles Times
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been repeatedly ravaged by war, rebellion and attacks on civilians in the last two decades. Though the country is rarely without some skirmish going on somewhere — a result of a... more ››
Before rebels known as M23 split up Congo any further, the United Nations must help this giant African nation find a unifying identity. The same goes for Rwanda. more ››
November 29, 2012
Inside Congo's City of Terror
William Lloyd George, The Daily Beast
It was supposed to be the press conference that would clear the air and inform the residents of Goma, the second-largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), what the rebels would do next. On Tuesday, sitting in front... more ››
November 30, 2012
U.S. Must Intervene in Congo -- Now
Ben Affleck, Washington Post
President Obama is well acquainted with this crisis. During his career in the Senate, he authored the Democratic Republic of Congo Relief, Security and Democracy Promotion Act. The president should appoint a temporary envoy to... more ››
November 25, 2012
Gaza Grabs Headlines as Congo Descends into Chaos
Ian Birrell, Observer
Once again, the apparently insoluble struggle between Israel and Palestine has flared up before flickering into uneasy standoff. As usual, world leaders issued fierce warnings, diplomats flew in and the media flooded the region... more ››