Turner (1985) The Rise and Decline of the Zairian
state structures were weak because of declining foreign aid and huge consumption of public funds for private purposes.
Just as the United States supports efforts to reclaim wealth stolen by the Nazis, it must help a future legitimate Zairian
government reclaim its national treasure.
also took refugees directly into their homes.
That arrest was provoked by Kalala's three-part investigative series proving, among other things, that 70% of the Zairian
armed forces were of the same tribal heritage as Mobutu.
America's support for Mobutu in Zaire and the Soviets' for Mengistu in Ethiopia may (or may not) have been justified by the superpowers' national-security needs, but the price that ordinary Zairians
and Ethiopians paid for that security lies beneath the gravestones of countless children.
The daily crises continue, and the wonderful colleagues we left behind--both Zairians
and expatriates--continue to cope with them.
Kabila's decision came after the meeting, which was expected to transfer power between the two men, had been delayed for several hours by Mobutu and an elaborate improvisation over how to get the ailing Zairian
president on board.
At the mining site in a remote portion of the Zairian
jungle, local villagers toiled for 50 cents to a dollar per day.
Eight out of ten Zairians
live in absolute poverty; real wages are a tenth of what they were at independence, in 1960; and in some places half the children die before they reach the age of 5.
Most have returned; the Rwandans who remained in central Zaire camps increasingly were at odds with local Zairians
and rebels, many of them Zairian
18, 1992, several Zairians
were reported killed by pro-Mobutu troops.