This Day in Black History: March 16, 1997

Rebel troops overtake city of Kisangani in Zaire.

Posted: 03/16/2012 07:00 AM EDT

Rebel fighters seized the port city of Kisangani, the last government stronghold in Zaire, presently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a bloody uprising that lasted nearly a year. Opposition fighters sought to topple the corrupt Eastern Zaire government led by President Mobutu Sésé Seko. Seko would be ousted and replaced by rebel leader Laurent-Désiré Kabila, however, civil war would rock the region again in 1998.

 
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