Paper $20.95 ISBN: 9781780323459 Published September 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.95 ISBN: 9781780323466 Published September 2013 For sale in North and South America only

The Democratic Republic of Congo

Between Hope and Despair

Michael Deibert

The Democratic Republic of Congo

Michael Deibert

Distributed for Zed Books

280 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2013  
Paper $20.95 ISBN: 9781780323459 Published September 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.95 ISBN: 9781780323466 Published September 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Over the past two decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been at the centre of the deadliest series of conflicts since the Second World War, and now hosts the largest United Nations peacekeeping mission in the world. In this compelling book, acclaimed journalist Michael Deibert paints a picture of a nation in flux, inching towards peace but at the same time solidifying into another era of authoritarian rule under its enigmatic president, Joseph Kabila.

Featuring a wealth of first-hand interviews and secondary sources, the narrative travels from war-torn villages in the country's east to the chaotic, pulsing capital of Kinshasa in order to bring us the voices of the Congolese - from impoverished gold prospectors and market women to government officials - as it explores the complicated political, ethnic and economic geography of this tattered land. A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Africa, The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between, Hope and Despair sheds new light on this sprawling and often misunderstood country that has become iconic both for its great potential and dashed hopes.
Contents
Prologue: the killing fields
1. Kingdom of Kongo to first Congo Republic
2. Fire in his wake
3. The great Congo wars
4. Enter his father's house
5. One hundred per cent Congolese
6. Glittering demons
7. Threats from within and without
8. A false peace
9. Elections, encore
10. Rebellion after rebellion
Epilogue
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