I wonder if anyone has any information on the crisis surrounding the independence of the Belgian Congo in the 60’s, the mutiny of the Force Publique, the Katangan separatist movement that exploded, and the eventual UN intervention in the whole damned mess (I’m mostly just interested in the UN story, but you can never have enough background material). I understand that the UN ended up having to fight mercenaries hired by the US-backed Katangans and that Mobutu Sese Seko ended up in power somehow.
You might wonder why I don’t just go down to the library and read everything related to Patrice Lumumba, the Belgian Congo, ONUC, etc. Well, let me just say that it’s been an awfully cold and wet March Break here in Canada, and I was hoping to be able to research everything from the comfort of my basement. Yes, this is for a school project (for my high school English Writing class). I decided to write a paper on UN intervention in several conflicts (Cyprus, Congo, Yugoslavia). I’ve gathered reams of data on Cyprus and Bosnia, but there seems to be a dearth of information on the Internet about the Congo conflict. By the bye, does anyone know what the rules are on using Internet references (specifically message board answers)? Thank you in advance.
Pretend this has Gwendolyn Brooks’
poem ‘We Real Cool’ here, 'coz it’s
got too many lines to fit comfortably
(too bad, it’s my favourite poem).