The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair

The Democratic Republic of Congo Between Hope and Despair Over the past two decades the Democratic Republic of Congo has been at the centre of the deadliest series of conflicts since the Second World War and now hosts the largest United Nations peacekeepin

  • Title: The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair
  • Author: Michael Deibert
  • ISBN: 9781780323459
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the past two decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been at the centre of the deadliest series of conflicts since the Second World War, and now hosts the largest United Nations peacekeeping mission in the world In this compelling book, acclaimed journalist Michael Deibert paints a picture of a nation in flux, inching towards peace but at the same time solidifyOver the past two decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been at the centre of the deadliest series of conflicts since the Second World War, and now hosts the largest United Nations peacekeeping mission in the world In this compelling book, acclaimed journalist Michael Deibert paints a picture of a nation in flux, inching towards peace but at the same time solidifying into another era of authoritarian rule under its enigmatic president, Joseph Kabila Featuring a wealth of first hand interviews and secondary sources, the narrative travels from war torn villages in the country s east to the chaotic, pulsing capital of Kinshasa in order to bring us the voices of the Congolese from impoverished gold prospectors and market women to government officials as it explores the complicated political, ethnic and economic geography of this tattered land A must read for anyone interested in contemporary Africa, The Democratic Republic of Congo Between, Hope and Despair sheds new light on this sprawling and often misunderstood country that has become iconic both for its great potential and dashed hopes.

    One thought on “The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair”

    1. I really don't know what the purpose of this book was/is. I've been in Congo since 2001, i lived through many of the episodes explained in this book, i read practically every book written (ok that's rather an ambitious statement but you get the point) on Congo. But this one, along with couple of others I read in the past, was a major disappointment. If the audience of the book was seasoned Congo people like me, it gives nothing neither educational nor recreational. If the audience was intended t [...]

    2. Read if you want a the facts and figures in a detailed and chronological overview of the complex war in DRC

    3. It was good to learn about the conflicts in the DRC and where they spawned from. This is a very difficult read so be warned. There are a lot if abbreviated names and French names for rebel groups that make it difficult to follow.

    4. A good, sweeping overview of Congolese history since just before colonization. It is weighted heavily toward more recent history, which is helpful in the current landscape of literature on DRC.

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