This blog is devoted to providing information and viewpoints on the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Recent PBS Show

The PBS program Wide Angle recently did a show on the DRC called "Democracy in the Rough." Here is a description:

Everything about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is extreme: its vast unpaved geography, its mineral riches, its pervasive corruption, and its history of misrule, first by Belgium and then by Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Such is the case with the first democratic elections held in over 40 years, from the cost of over $400 million to the mind-boggling logistical challenges posed by a country the size of Western Europe, with only a few hundred miles of roads. With the DRC's wealth of timber, diamonds, and coltan, the stakes are high. Although the DRC is one of the most resource-rich countries in Africa, its per capita income hovers around $100 a year. Will the newly elected leaders improve the lives of its citizens?

Visit the Democracy in the Rough website. The website includes a link to an interview with Bill Fletcher, Jr., along with a couple of articles.