Democratic Republic of Congo

Interview: Kikaa Bin Karubi, Min of Information,DRC

Lawrence Freeman

November 1, 2001

     The wars which raged continually in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than three years until early in 2001, caused the genocide of millions of Congolese: 2.5 million according to the International Rescue Committee’s report past May; more than 4 million excess deaths from war disease according to Congo officials. .
     The United Nations investigative panel was compelled to report that this genocide was a war by proxy, in which “rebel groups” were a cover for invading forces of Uganda Rwanda stealing Congo’s gold, diamond, and other mineral wealth; and Rwanda and Uganda in turn were acting as favored “marcher-lords” for Anglo-American and other global financial interests.

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Invading Armies and Congo’s Human Disaster

An Interview with Dr. Faida Mitifu,  Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Washington DC

May 8, 2001

Ambassador Mitifu: As you know, since Aug. 2, 1998, my country has been a victim of an unjust invasion by its neighbors from Rwanda, Uganda, and later on, Burundi. Ever since the beginning of the war, large-scale massacres have been of the aggression from its neighboring countries: Rwanda, perpetrated on the people of Congo, particularly in the eastern part of the country. You would also remember that during the third week of the war, the armies of Rwanda and Uganda cut off electricity and water to the city of Kinshasa, a city of 6 million people. And, during that time, actually, in Kinshasa, many, many people died in the hospitals because they did not have access to water, to electricity, and to the care they needed to get well.

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