CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1997
I have been watching the rebel takeover in Zaire on television. I am sick to my stomach watching young boys cruelly beating and executing other boys without benefit of trial or proper inquiry. What an abysmal thing it is to be shown once again what a terribly flawed species humankind is--all over the planet--to be able to create for ourselves a mind-set which allows us to kill for spite and sport. And to realize what an underachiever God is. SHELDON KELLER Los Angeles The front-page photo of a Zairian execution (May 19)
May 31, 1997
The United Nations decided this week to recognize the name change of the country formerly called "Zaire" to the "Democratic Republic of Congo." The country's new government, led by President Laurent Kabila, had announced the change when it seized power this month. The Times will adopt the new name, beginning with today's editions. The country will be referred to as "Congo."
October 11, 1996 |
Rwanda's president vowed to bar ethnic Tutsi men ordered to leave Zaire next week or face all-out war as rebels. "We will only be taking women and children. The men will have to stay where they are," Rwandan President Pasteur Bizimungu said. Zaire has given an estimated 200,000 Banyamulenge Tutsis one week to leave or be treated as rebels and face war with Zairian soldiers.
June 19, 1989
Cardinal Joseph Malula, 71, who fought for church rights in Zaire. Malula, a native of the former Belgian Congo, was appointed archbishop of Kinshasa, the capital, in 1964. Five years later, Pope Paul VI elevated him to cardinal. In the early 1970s, President Mobutu Sese Seko launched an Africanization program that tried to sharply curtail the power of the church. Malula protested, was denounced by Mobutu, and went into exile in Rome. The restrictions proved unpopular and were gradually lifted.
September 14, 1997 |
Mobutu Sese Seko, shunned in death by the powers that once backed his despotic rule over Zaire, was laid to rest Saturday after a private Roman Catholic ceremony outside the Moroccan capital. Nearly 100 uniformed and plainclothes police kept journalists and onlookers 500 yards from the cemetery as mourners arrived in private cars. Mobutu's body was carried in a white ambulance.
January 31, 1993 |
Zairian guards evacuated nearly 400 Belgians from riot-torn Zaire on Saturday aboard President Mobutu Sese Seko's personal yacht after telling Belgian commandos not to intervene following two days of fierce rioting. The refugees, mostly Belgian but including about 60 Germans, 35 Israelis and a handful of other nationalities, were taken to neighboring Congo to escape army-led rioting that has killed more than 45 people since Thursday, including the French ambassador.