Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Polls/Elections in the DRC: A Great Excuse for a Riot!
I spent a summer and a couple winter vacations living in the DRC. Well, for the first winter it was still Zaire, but that is sort of irrelevant. Since independence in 1960, there hasn't been a single free and fair election in the country. I am not an expert on the DRC or the Southern African Development Community or even sub-Saharan African history, but I can look like one with enough links. Germany is supporting the elections as part of a UN presence. It seems fairly routine that elections or talk of elections cause riots by those who support a group that appears or feels slighted and these polls are no exception. Considering the way a largely uneducated society can be manipulated by a few charismatic individuals, I hope this does not set the tone for the rest of the year and the results of the elections.