Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth| 26mins
Director: Friends of the Congo | Producer: Friends of the Congo
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: United States
Millions of Congolese have lost their lives in a conflict that the United Nations describes as the deadliest in the world since World War II. Rwanda and Uganda, both US allies, invaded the Congo (then Zaire) in 1996 and then again in 1998, which triggered an enormous loss of lives, systemic sexual violence and rape, and widespread looting of Congoâ€™s spectacular natural wealth.
The ongoing conflict, instability, weak institutions, dependency and poverty in the Congo are a product of a 125-year-long tragic experience of enslavement, forced labor, colonial rule, assassinations, dictatorship, wars, external intervention and corrupt rule. Analysts in the film examine whether U.S. corporate and government policies that support strongmen and prioritize profit over people have contributed to and exacerbated the tragic instability in the heart of Africa.
Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth explores the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. The film is a short version of a feature-length production to be released in the near future. Putting the Congo crisis in a historical, social and political context, it unveils analysis and prescriptions by leading experts, practitioners, activists and intellectuals that are not normally available to the general public. The film is a call to conscience and action.
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