n Conflict Trends - Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo : political and profit interests

Volume 2009, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Since its independence from Belgium in 1960, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has known little peace. Known as "the richest patch of earth on the planet", the inhabitants of this central African country have gained little from its natural wealth. Instead, they have endured the corrosive effects of political instability, protracted conflict and resource exploitation, the net effect of which has been the deaths of millions of innocent victims, destruction of the social fabric and the undermining of the country's prospects of prosperity.

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