This Day in Black History: March 16, 1997

This Day in Black History: March 16, 1997

Rebel troops overtake city of Kisangani in Zaire.

Published March 16, 2012

Rebel fighters seized the port city of Kisangani, the last government stronghold in Zaire, presently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a bloody uprising that lasted nearly a year. Opposition fighters sought to topple the corrupt Eastern Zaire government led by President Mobutu Sésé Seko. Seko would be ousted and replaced by rebel leader Laurent-Désiré Kabila, however, civil war would rock the region again in 1998.

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Written by Britt Middleton


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