The people of Congo are fighting back against a tidal wave of international exploitation and governmental oppression to make things better for their nation, their neighborhoods, and their families. They are risking their lives to resist and alter the deadly status quo. And now, finally, there are human rights movements led by young people in the United States and Europe building solidarity with Congolese change-makers in support of dignity, justice, and equality for the Congolese people. As a result, the way the world deal with Congo is finally changing.
Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling, and John Prendergast traveled to Congo to document some of the stories not only of the Congolese upstanders who are building a better future for their country but also of young Congolese people overcoming enormous odds just to go to school and help take care of their families.
Through Gosling's photographs of Congolese daily life, Bafilemba's profiles of heroic Congolese activists, and Prendergast's narratives of the extraordinary history and evolving social movements that directly link Congo with the United States and Europe, Congo Stories provides windows into the history, the people, the challenges, the possibilities, and the movements that could change the course of Congo's destiny.
Chosen by Amazon as the Best Book of the Month for December 2018 in Biographies & Memoirs, History, and Nonfiction.
Featuring the life story of Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
|Grand Central Publishing
|7.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.40(d)
About the Author
John Prendergast is a New York Times bestselling author who founded and runs both the Enough Project and The Sentry.
Fidel Bafilemba is a Congolese field researcher who coordinates a civil society network called GATT-RN.
Table of Contents
Foreword Soraya Aziz Souleymane xi
Chapter 1 Why Congo? 1
Honorata's Story 1
Chapter 2 The Story of the Kongo Kingdom: Before and After the Europeans Landed 11
Chapter 3 How Congo Helped Build America and Europe: Following the Money and Greed for Five Centuries 19
Upstander Story Dominique Bikaba 60
Upstander Story Petna Ndaliko 70
Chapter 4 A Den of Highly Armed Thieves 77
Upstander Story Rebecca Kabugho 80
Chapter 5 Africa's First World War: Reverberations from Rwanda's Genocide 87
Phoebe's Story 93
Chapter 6 Road to Congo Ryan Gosling 99
Upstander Story Justine Masika 102
Chapter 7 Crimes Against Humanity: Ground Zero 105
Chouchou Namegabe on Mass Rape 109
Huguette's Story 112
Upstander Story Dr Denis Mukwege 126
Dr. Namegabe Murhabazi on Child Soldiers 133
Claude's Story 137
Fidel's Own Story 141
Chapter 8 Life Today in One Part of Congo 149
Goma's Story 149
Jonathan's Story 184
Mane's Story 200
Chapter 9 Congo Responds to the Onslaught: The Whistle for Change 211
Upstander Story Douce Namwezi 218
Chapter 10 Davids and Goliaths: Global Rights Activists vs. the War Profiteers 225
Upstander Story Neema Namadamu 245
Chapter 11 Steve Jobs and Conflict Minerals: Apple and Corporate-Driven Change 249
Chapter 12 War Crimes Shouldn't Pay: Lessons from AI Capone to al-Qaeda 255
Chapter 13 Vanquishing the Vampires: What You Can Do 265
Conclusion: Countering Myths and Stereotypes 271
Josephine's Story 271
Postscript Dave Eggers 281
Afterword Chouchou Namegabe 287
"A Geological Scandal" Results in a Governing Disaster 295
About the Contributors 331
Final Thought from John 333