"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

9.19.2006

congo watch: barricades & fire

Things in Kinshasa are not good. Really not good. The checkpoints sound eerily like the days when what amounted to a pogrom was conducted against Tutsis in the east. There were checkpoints set up all over Kinshasa to find Tutsis there - some of whom were soldiers who helped him get into power in the first place. My friend E nearly got killed at one of these checkpoints, and she's not even Tutsi.

Oh, DRC is so close to being able to do something about its many problems. But my hopes are not high that we will make it through the run-off period without seeing more violent. My hopes are even less that the post-election period will be smooth. It's a power struggle, one in which no one is strong enough to win. The people like you and me who get caught in the middle will suffer the most. Again.

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