AfricaNow! May 17, 2017
Topic: Democratic Republic of Congo: Twenty Years After Mobutu
Topic and Guest: Today AfricaNow! will focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo: connecting history with the present. Today marks exactly twenty years when Mobutu Sese Seko, then president since 1965 of then-Zaïre which later became the Democratic Republic of Congo, fled to Morocco. This ushered in Laurent Desire Kabila who was the leader of the rebel group, the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (AFDL) as head of the country. Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (AFDL) was backed by Rwanda and Uganda. In 2001 Laurent Desire Kabila was assassinated and his son Joseph became the leader and is still in power even though his term expired in 2016. Today Mr. Maurice Carney Executive Director of Friends of Congo joins AfricaNow! to dissect the situation today in the DRC: the continued U.S. and western powers manipulation of the political process since independence in 1960; the foreign supported conflicts and mineral exploitation that has led to over 6 million deaths in the last 20 years.
Mr. Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He has worked with Congolese for over fifteen years in their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity. Mr. Carney appears regularly providing analysis on the Congo on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now! Real News Network, Pambazuka News, All Africa News, and more.
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