Friday, November 7, 2008

The Congo

For someone whose early education was during the [Bill] Clinton era, to be talking again about the Congo feels strange. Hutu and Tsutis and Rwanda? Like some sort of deja vu. The "haven't we gone over this already" response.

But here we are again, after 8 years of [admittedly] international tom-foolery, the Congo has our attention again. Just yesterday I read about the fragile cease-fire, and now the Congo Summit is being held because that cease-fire has unraveled.

The United Nations has estimated that in recent months, as many as 250,000 people have been displaced because of fighting in the Congo. They're saying that the violence is a direct result of remaining tensions after the civil war of 1994.

The summit will be between regional leaders, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and 7 African leaders from Nairobi and Kenya.

People to watch on your Google Alerts:
*Joseph Kabila (Congo)
*Paul Kagame (Rwanda)
*Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania)

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