53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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  • 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
  • An Anti-Capitalist Congo
  • Democracy Prevails
  • Bloodshed in Brazzaville
  • Finding Peace

Blood Diamonds

Amid allegations of illegal diamond dealings—mainly that diamond purchases were financing violent rebel movements—Congo was removed from the Kimberley Process in 2004. The country was reinstated in 2007. 

(Photo: JUNIOR D.KANNAH/AFP/GettyImages)

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