53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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  • Clashes With Rebels
  • Blood Diamonds
  • Burning Ammunition
  • Debt Canceled But Prospects Dim
  • A Long Road Ahead
  • Congo’s National Motto: Unity, Work, Progress
  • The First President
  • Socialism Sets Sail
  • Three Congolese Heads of State
  • An Anti-Capitalist Congo
  • Democracy Prevails
  • Bloodshed in Brazzaville
  • Finding Peace
  • Sassou Nguesso Seizes Victory

Debt Canceled But Prospects Dim

In 2010, a number of private sector creditors and creditor countries agreed to cancel several billion dollars worth of debt owed to them by Congo. Brazil also proclaimed in 2013 that it would cancel or restructure $900 million worth of debt with Africa, including Congo, according to BBC News.  

(Photo: Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images)

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