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 ON : MARCH 16, 2012 / 07:00 AM

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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