The price of gold recently rose to over $1,000 per ounce. Yet in the super-rich goldmines of the Democratic Republic of Congo 1.5 million workers, including young children, trudge through chemical-infested soil for little or no pay.
International capitalist competition for resources continues to fuel a conflict in the Congo that has claimed at least 5 million lives in the past 10 years alone. Rwanda's dramatic arrest of Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda in late January was the first in a string of events that have brought world attention back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Forty-five years ago, Congolese liberation leader Patrice Lumumba was assassinated in a CIA-organized death trap. He was 43 years old. Patrice Lumumba was born in 1925, in the Kasai province of what was then known as Belgian Congo.