1998 Photo Contest, General News, 3rd prize

Perry Kretz


20 May, 1997

Machine guns are retrieved from the swimming pool belonging to former president Mobutu's son Kongolo. On May 18, after a seven-month military campaign, Laurent Kabila's rebel forces captured the capital Kinshasa. They deposed Mobutu, who fled and died in Morocco a few months later. Kabila renamed the country the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his inauguration speech as president he promised elections in April 1999.

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Perry Kretz

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