Africa's Broken Heart
The day that the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo voted - on July 30, 2006 - marked the most significant election held in Africa since the 1994 balloting in South Africa at the end of that nation's apartheid regime. The Congolese voted in the millions, many walking up to 50 kilometers just to get to the polling stations. The election brought to a close 130 years of foreign invasions, colonialism, exploitation of vast mineral wealth, dictatorship, and the consequences of two recent wars that cost 4.3 million lives in just over five years. Few in the rest of the world were aware of these conditions. The western media largely ignored this region, while the international community and the African continent seemed helpless to stop the destruction. The World Council of Churches' general secretary, Samuel Kobia of Kenya, sent a hard-hitting pastoral message to the 65 million people of Africa's third largest country on the eve of these elections. Kobia promised to accompany them as they move toward a difficult and unknown future. He also dispatched the author of this report to help break the silence surrounding the Democratic Republic of Congo. Africa's Broken Heart is the story of a people who must no longer be ignored. This is a passionate and painful book, yet it is laced with narratives of hope and heroism.
Publication Date: 12/31/2006