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Crisis in Congo

Crisis in Congo

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Children at the Nyanzale Displaced Persons Camp, north of Goma, DR Congo. Source: julien_harneis hide caption

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Since it started, more than a decade ago, the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, has claimed millions of lives. Battles, between militias and government troops, have killed scores of civilians. Despite a peace agreement, signed in 2003, and the largest UN peacekeeping force in the world, the bloody fighting has continued. In today's first hour, we'll hear from NPR's West Africa correspondent, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, and the estimable Adam Hochschild, who wrote King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Adam will handle the history, Ofeibea the present. What questions do you have about conflict in Central Africa? And do you see an end to the fighting there?