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Local activists bring a glint of hope to the Congo

By Jonathan Lorie  

Henri Ladyi (right) with surrendered weapons

30th June is a big day for the Democratic Republic of Congo. It marks 50 years since it won independence in a blaze of optimism, blessed with diamonds and copper and strategically set at the heart of the continent, ready to become a key player at the height of the cold war.

It’s also a day that marks that country’s descent into bloody chaos. On 30th June, the UN starts withdrawing its peacekeeping…

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