Video Links

Here are some video links for further information:

White King, Red Rubber, Black Death: An excellent documentary on the history of Belgian colonial interference in Congo. The link between the needs of industry (in this case, rubber) and the brutal methods of extraction is an eerie mirror of the contemporary drive for rare minerals.

Congo Connection: Journeyman Pictures short feature about Coltan mining in Eastern Congo's national parks, home to the last redoubts of the Mountain Gorilla. The Journeyman Pictures YouTube channel has a wealth of documentary information on life, death and war in Congo.

The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba: A documentary about the life and assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo's first free president, demonstrating the responsibility of the Belgian and US secret service agencies.

The Human Cost of Conflict Minerals: A short video about a female survivor of Congo's apocalyptic tide of rape. Congo suffers perhaps the world's most severe rate of rape, and rape has become a widespread weapon of war and intimidation.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, episode 3: A stunning documentary by the BBC's Adam Curtis. An exploration of the roots and consequences of our love-affair with high-technology and networking. Includes an astonishing analysis of Congo's World War.

Belgium and the Congo: 50 years after Decolonization: A news short about the debate on Belgium's culpability for Congolese instability.