53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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  • An Anti-Capitalist Congo
  • Democracy Prevails
  • Bloodshed in Brazzaville
  • Finding Peace
  • Sassou Nguesso Seizes Victory
  • 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

Bloodshed in Brazzaville

Contested parliamentary elections led to a year of bloody fighting between government and opposition forces. A ceasefire was reached, which resulted in the opposition receiving government positions. Yet, nearly two years later, a full-scale civil war erupted. President Lissouba was forced to flee when pro-Sassou-Nguesso forces seized the capital, Brazzaville.

(Photo: Corinne Dufka/Landov)

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