Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa's Deadliest War

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Oneworld Publications, Apr 4, 2013 - History - 320 pages

In this extraordinary debut – called ‘gripping’ by The Times of London – Ben Rawlence sets out to gather the news from a forgotten town deep in Congo’s ‘silent quarter’ where peace is finally being built after two decades of civil war and devastation. Ignoring the advice of locals, reporters, and mercenaries, he travels by foot, bike, and boat, introducing us to Colonel Ibrahim, a guerrilla turned army officer; Benjamin, the kindly father of the most terrifying Mai Mai warlord; the cousins Mohammed and Mohammed, young tin traders hoping to make their fortune; and talk show host Mama Christine, who dispenses counsel and courage in equal measure. From the ‘blood cheese’ of Goma to the decaying city of Manono, Rawlence uncovers the real stories of life during the war and finds hope for the future.

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RADIO CONGO: Signals of Hope from Africa's Deadliest War

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A firsthand report from deep inside Congo.Covering much of the center of Africa, Congo is "[b]lessed with deposits of ninety percent of the world's minerals"—gold, tin, copper, diamonds and more ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Ben Rawlence is a senior researcher on Africa for Human Rights Watch. He has written for the Guardian, Prospect, London Review of Books, and others, and contributed to Radio 4. He lives in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.

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