Essay The Democratic Republic Of Congo

1166 Words Sep 24th, 2016 5 Pages
It is noteworthy that many national flags in Africa share a commonality of colors. The red, green and yellow ubiquitous in their designs are a symbol of pan-Africanism, the roots of which trace back to the 19th century Ethiopian empire. By adopting them, African countries from Mali to Mozambique pay homage to the only continental people that successfully repelled European (primarily Italian) attempts at colonization during an expansionist frenzy between 1881 and 1914 known as the “Scramble for Africa.” Ethiopia (then known as Abyssinia) eventually fell to the invading forces of Benito Mussolini in 1936, thereby exposing the tragic helplessness of the League of Nations in mobilizing an international force against fascism.

Some contemporary historians believe the emotional trauma from that period of shockingly exploitative and repressive European rule ails Africa even today. This is how they rationalize its widespread poverty, the frequent eruption of civil wars and Africa’s inability to produce a single major power on the world stage despite trailing only Asia in sheer human numbers. The Democratic Republic of Congo, for example—the successor state to Belgian Congo, arguably the most brutal regime in colonial Africa—is still beset with cyclical episodes of deadly conflict that again inflamed in September.

By the late 20th century, however, the momentum of global economic growth had swung to East Asia. China, especially, with its newfound prosperity from singularly embracing…

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