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Congo for Beginners
by Tony Busselen
Corruption, war and misery: it is what we think about the Democratic Republic of Congo nowadays. We are bombarded with a continuous stream of pessimism that loves to forget the colonial past of this troubled country.
In Congo for Beginners, journalist Tony Busselen tries to understand how the Congolese regarded colonialism and why they fought it, how the dictatorship of Mobutu was installed, how it was kept alive and what it meant to the Congolese. And why Mobutu was overthrown in the end. The author argues that, after fifty years of independence of Congo, we finally should listen to the Congolese themselves.
At the same time Congo for Beginners criticizes Belgiumís current foreign policy towards its former colony. Is Belgium really prepared to let Congo go down its own political and economic road and develop a respectful relationship with this country?