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More Information Brief Background As with most conflicts in Africa, the current situation has much to do with the legacy of colonialism.
From the violent Belgian imposition of colonial rule by King Leopold II who regarded it as his personal fiefdom and called it the Congo Free State but apparently never once went there himselfmillions have been killed.
The murders have been grotesque, with chopped limbs and more, similar to what has been seen in Sierra Leone recently. After 75 years of colonial rule, the Belgians left very abruptly, relinquishing the political rights to the people of Congo in However, economic rights were not there for the country to flourish.
This brief video summarizes the initial challenges the DRC faced after independence: Lying at the center of the continent, Zaire could provide the U.
Over the years, U.
Mobutu used his U. When Kabila took power, the Clinton administration quickly offered military support by developing a plan for new training operations with the armed forces.
Hartung and Bridget Moix, Deadly Legacy: But the US continued to deny allegations of its involvement. Corruption, siphoning off massive personal wealth, a plunge in copper prices, and mounting debt led to enormous economic downturns: From the time of Belgian colonial rule, the inhabitants of the region have derived little if any benefit from its natural wealth.
Instead, they have suffered an unbroken succession of abusive political administrations, military authorities and armed political groups that have looted the region and committed human rights abuses with impunity.
King Leopold II accrued vast personal wealth without ever setting foot on Congolese soil. The Belgian rulers of the then Belgian Congo, from to used slave labour to plunder its rubber, ivory and timber. After independence inthe long presidency of Mobutu Sese Seko made the newly named Zaire notorious for cronyism and corruption.
When President Mobutu came into office ina sustained period of institutionalised corruption and misappropriation of state resources began. The impact of this corruption is felt on the citizens: Today, Mobutu is deposed and dead, but his legacies live on.
Since then, there have been many internal conflicts where all sides have been supported from various neighbors. The conflict has also been fueled by weapons sales and by military training. The weapons have come from the former Soviet bloc countries as well as the United States, who have also provided military training.
The United States military has been covertly involved in the wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a US parliamentary subcommittee has been told. Instead, the situation deteriorated. Kabila, also backed by the US, had been accused by rebels made up of Congolese soldiers, Congolese Tutsi Banyamulenge, Rwandan, Ugandan and some Burundian government troops of turning into a dictator, of mismanagement, corruption and supporting various paramilitary groups who oppose his former allies.The Dirty War (Spanish: guerra sucia) is the name used by the military junta or civic-military dictatorship of Argentina (Spanish: dictadura cívico-militar de Argentina) for the period of state terrorism in Argentina from to as a part of Operation Condor, during which military and security forces and right-wing death squads in the form of the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance (AAA.
The United Nations children’s agency reported this week that 14 million children in Syria and Iraq are in crisis due to war.
The number of children needing aid has greatly increased from the. Craters from the saturation bombing echo the horrors of the past I t has been estimated that as many as , civilians in Laos, and , in Cambodia, lost their lives. Figures for refugees exceed a million.
In addition, the widespread use of toxic chemical defoliants created a massive health crisis which naturally fell most heavily on children, nursing mothers, the aged and the already. The Syrian refugee crisis is now the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time.
Because of the Syrian civil war, million people have fled Syria as refugees, putting a strain on the region’s ability to cope. And another million people are displaced within Syria. UNICEF is committed to doing all it can to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in partnership with governments, civil society, business, academia and the United Nations family – and especially children and young people.
This part of the schwenkreis.com web site looks at the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Media coverage is poor and yet there have been millions of refugees and over five million killed since the war began around August Yet the rich country leaders and their media drew everyone’s attention to ethnic Albianians being killed in Kosovo (to gain support for a war there).