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Resource ID: #16878
An attempt to explain the fighting in Africa. The Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, has seen little political stability since independence in Belgium, serving more as an "all-purpose African battleground" for different interests of Africa rather than a struggle by its people. Current Congo President Kabila came to power backed by an army from Rwanda and Uganda and 10 other African nations, largely as payback for former President Mobutu support of the Power Hutus (in Rwanda) which resulted in 1994 genocide of 800,000 Tutsis AND moderate Hutus. Mobutu's ties with Rwanda spawned resentment from Congo natives. The climate was right for Kabila to seize power. Yet in 1998, Kabila transfers his allegiance to his former enemies, the Power Hutus, and Rwanda retaliates and other nations join the fray.