"Eye-opening reportage from an African nation that has been robbed and despoiled for centuries-but that is now finding paths of resistance...No thoughtful reader of this book will look at his or her computer or cellphone the same way again." (Kirkus)
"In this well-organized, vigorously informative, polyphonic, unnerving, and conscience-rousing presentation, [Prendergast] and researcher and activist Bafilemba trace 'the connection between natural resources exploitation and the violent conflicts' destroying the lives of millions in the Democratic Republic of Congo...A thoughtfully assembled resource and a clarion call for readers to seek out ethically sourced goods and support efforts to bring justice and peace to this cruelly pillaged land." (Booklist)
Featuring the life story of Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
From the author of the New York Times best-selling and award-winning Not on Our Watch, John Prendergast co-writes a compelling book with Fidel Bafilemba - with stunning photographs by Ryan Gosling - revealing the way in which the people and resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been used throughout the last five centuries to build, develop, advance, and safeguard the United States and Europe. The book highlights the devastating price Congo has paid for that support. However, the way the world deals with Congo is finally changing, and the book tells the remarkable stories of those in Congo and the United States leading that transformation.
The people of Congo are fighting back against a tidal wave of international exploitation and governmental oppression to make things better for their nation, their neighborhoods, and their families. They are risking their lives to resist and alter the deadly status quo. And now, finally, there are human rights movements led by young people in the United States and Europe building solidarity with Congolese change-makers in support of dignity, justice, and equality for the Congolese people. As a result, the way the world deal with Congo is finally changing.
Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling, and John Prendergast traveled to Congo to document some of the stories not only of the Congolese upstanders who are building a better future for their country but also of young Congolese people overcoming enormous odds just to go to school and help take care of their families.
Through Gosling's photographs of Congolese daily life, Bafilemba's profiles of heroic Congolese activists, and Prendergast's narratives of the extraordinary history and evolving social movements that directly link Congo with the United States and Europe, Congo Stories provides windows into the history, the people, the challenges, the possibilities, and the movements that could change the course of Congo's destiny.
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A sad and hopeful book, simply amazing.
Sometimes is difficult to read the stories in this book, because they are so difficult to digest. Difficult to believe what people are going on now, because they have the resources that we need.
I live in the neighbor country of Angola, and a lot of stuff in this book, I have to say with shame I was not aware of. Some African people see Congo just as the child trouble maker, that always has problems. When we go to a place that is not organized to call it: "That's a Congo!".
Anyways, this book teaches you how the situation in Congo is today what it is:
Starting with the European colonization.
How it was used during WW1 and WW2.
How it was strategic to finish WW2.
How it was the place for African world war.
And the stories about the important minerals it has, used in the electronics.
Also very good to know that foreign countries are becoming aware of it, and some are taking actions.
Most importantly it has stories of people who were affected by the situation.
Its an activism book, that lets you think on the world we live on and how we are all connected.
It was worth my full Audible Credit!!!!
A great eye-opener
This book recounts some individual Congolese people's experiences. Some are quite insightful into the true cost of the products we use daily.
It does inspire hope though and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to make a positive difference.
- Horse owner without formal farrier education
Listen! Don't hesitate. Will buy for my friends, too. Fantastic how authors narrate very well-informed stories of hundreds of years of exploitation, give a voice and a stage to many Congolese, and conclude in a very hopeful and credible manner that gives perspective to everyone worldwide to help support peace and state building in Congo. Narration is great and I still remember powerful quotes from Lumumba's speech.