Conflict and Corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo Essay

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Africa has long been a nation of conflict and strife. Certain countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have a prolonged history of corrupt leaders, violence and lack of resources. These conflicts often can lead to spill over and create wars in their neighboring countries. When a weak state has internal conflict it often spreads to surrounding weak states as it did with many of the countries in central Africa. This type of crisis will often involve the entire world in a variety of capacities such as militaries, foreign aid and the global economy. Congo especially has proved to create problems that continue to persist in the modern world and much of that is due to leadership of Motubu Sese Seko. “The conflict [in Congo] …show more content…
For a country to become a strong state and a positive member of the global community it needs to have stable central institutions such as government, military and economic organizations. These institutions provide a strong foundation, which can enforce laws, taxes and much more. The countries people will then have something to rally around and believe in when the country is faced with a crisis. A government needs to be run without corruption and the DRC had the opposite.
Mobutu’s rule in Congo could have been strong if he would have applied democratic policies and strived to create fair and balanced institutions. Instead he promoted his own self-wealth and only allowed one party to rule for over 20 years. Many people in his country were greatly unhappy with the way he operated. “Opposition to his rule came from numerous Congolese exiles, ethnic groups that had played decisive roles in previous governments, small farmers who gained no share in the attempted economic revival, and some university students. He also faced a continuing threat of attacks on the Shaba region (Mobutu's Africanized name for the Katanga province) by Katangese rebels based in Angola” ”(Encyclopedia Britannica 2010). A government cannot progress in a positive way when it constantly under attack from opposing groups. There need to be order and cohesion so the government can create

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