53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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  • 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
  • Clashes With Rebels
  • Blood Diamonds
  • Burning Ammunition
  • Debt Canceled But Prospects Dim
  • A Long Road Ahead

Congo’s National Motto: Unity, Work, Progress

Since gaining independence 53 years ago today, the Republic of Congo has teetered between militia conflicts and civil wars. The African nation may possess a lucrative diamond trade and one of the region’s largest oil industries, but more than half of the country’s 3.6 million people live below the poverty line. Keep reading to learn about Congo’s tumultuous history and its uncertain future.Patrice Peck

(Photo: Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

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