Understanding Global Issues

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The Democratic Republic of Congo: Poverty in the midst of plenty

In the four-year war in the Congo from 1998 to 2002 more people were killed than in any other conflict since World War II. Yet the crisis in the Congo was far from inevitable. Periods of democratic openness in 1960 and again in 1990-4 were defeated by outside intervention. The great natural riches of the country were wasted. The fate of the Congo is a salutary reminder that for much of the world development remains a distant dream.

Published: June 2006 ISBN: 0852335121

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