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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 start from scratch[clears the canvas] The Democratic Republic of Congo By Anna and Reagan "We are resorting to this authenticity in order to rediscover our soul, which colonization had almost erased from our memories and which we are seeking in the traditions of our ancestors."- Mobutu King Leopold II colonized the area 1870 Belgium establishes their control over the D.R.C 1908 The D.R.C. gains full independence from Belgium and a civil war occurs 1960 Involved in the Cold war on the side of the U.S 1961 Mobutu takes over and renames the country Zaire 1965 Rwanda and rebels take over and install Kabila as president and they become the Democratic Republic of Congo 1997 Leopold II: The king of Belgium who colonized the area the Congos lived in. (Con) Antoine van Bilsen: established a 30 year plan for the Congo's (Pro) so they could gradually become more independent. (Pro)Lumumba: first prime minister (Pro)Kasavuba: first head of state (Pro)Colenel Joseph Mobutu: took over the government and was head of the army before that. (con) Influencing Circumstances:Throughout this time, there was a lot of political power struggle. Power continued to switch betweendifferent people. There was also a lot of fighting as militia's fought forpower and people fought for DRC's natural resources. Key players in this movement There was a power struggle politically over who should bein charge of the area after Belgium gave themindependence. The army was not loyal to their commanderswhich was a problem whenCongo was involved in the wars. Obstacles to the movement Turning Point:Antoine van Bilsen established a thirty year plan in order to help the DRC gain independence. While their independance didn't come later than that, it was a good starting place for the country. A ninth grader should care about the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo because it shows how even after a bad start, problems can be fixed with hard work
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