53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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

Clashes With Rebels

The government and a self-professed Ninja rebel group led by a former prime minister came to blows in March 2002, culminating in intense fighting which forced thousands of civilians from their homes. Nearly 100 people were killed in Brazzaville as the clashes continued. One year later, the conflicting sides came to a consensus, allowing the return of the rule of law.   

(Photo: Antony Njuguna/Landov)

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