The leopard

I have just finished reading In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz by Michela Wrong which is a brilliant insight into the rise and fall of Mobutu Sese Seko (nicknamed the leopard) – the Congo’s notorious dictator who plundered the coffers of his country for three decades. Charting his penchant for pink champagne, his trademark leopard skin hats and ludicrously luxurious residences around the world, the book tells how he came to power, how the Western world ensured he was kept in power through repeated loans from the World Bank and the IMF, and how the creation of the world’s first ever kleptocratic state continues to perpetuate in the Congolese mentality, despite his dictatorship ending 13 years ago.
I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to gain an insight into why the country is in the state it is in today.
It has made me more keen than ever to get out there and see things first hand.


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