DR Congo

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

THE CURRENT SITUATION

The security and humanitarian situation in eastern Congo improved following the surrender of the M23 rebels in November 2013; however, many rebel groups remain and there is now a resurgence of violence… CONTINUE

BACKGROUND TO THE CONFLICT

At the 1885 Berlin Conference, King Leopold II of Belgium is officially granted personal ownership of the Congo Free State, including its enormous natural resources. After his ruthless and cruel practices come to light, the Government of Belgium takes control from King Leopold and re-names its colony, the Belgian Congo. The country becomes independent on June 30, 1960… CONTINUE

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