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CONGO IN CONTEXT

The historical narrative of the Democratic Republic of Congo is about endless cycles of violence, exploitation, and captivity.

For 300 years, its peoples were seized and enslaved in the Americas and elsewhere (c1500-1885).

ENSLAVED

Then, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Belgian imperial rule was imposed and maintained through systematic genocide and pillage of Congo’s resources (1885-1960). 10 MILLION people were beaten, whipped, maimed, killed, and forcibly conscripted to build roads, railroads, and infrastructure for the colonial state, and to harvest and export rubber and other of our abundant resources for the commerce and industries of Europe.

10 MILLION

Congo’s post-colonial history has been more of the same – predatory structures of power, systemic and continuing violence and war, mass killings, sexual violence, extraction and theft of natural resources through complicity of local and international players, and rampant poverty continue to hold Congo’s people captive (1960-present).

5.4 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE DIED SINCE 1998
48 WOMEN RAPED EVERY HOUR AT HEIGHT OF WAR
1 IN 10 CHILDREN DIE BEFORE AGE FIVE DUE TO HUNGER OR DISEASE
3.8 MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED OVERALL
CONFLICT MINERALS FUEL AND SUSTAIN ARMED VIOLENCE

CONGO IS IN CRISIS

The root cause of this crisis can be traced to a critical lack of ethical and service-minded leaders who advance the common good. Consequently, the whole nation is compromised: civil society, churches and religious organizations, the legal system, the economy, natural resource management, and education are all affected by this lack of leadership.

Numerous humanitarian organizations are spending millions of dollars in Congo every year, but most are not addressing the root cause of this crisis.

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