DR Congo at 50 by Stephan Vanfleteren

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Jerome Baonga: 'We hid in the bush for six days. That was June 2003. The Ugandans and Rwandans felt they had to fight their war here. Fighting went on day and night. Many dead soldiers were lying rotting on the street when we came back to our district, on the left bank of the Congo River. My little nephew was shot when he went to fetch food in the village. The start of the Mobutu period was good, but after ten years the gloss had worn off again. Under Father Kabila, it was a little paradise here. When we heard the news on Radio Français International that our President had been murdered in Kinshasa, people died of sorrow here.'..