The Democratic Republic of Congo is widely considered one of the world’s richest countries in natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$24 trillion. Yet, owing to political instability, it remains one of the poorest countries (per capita).
Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected PM of Congo and a pan-Africanist, lasted only 81 days before being killed by the Belgians and the CIA.
During a five-day battle against mercenaries in the Congo, the besieged Irish Army radioed back to HQ “We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey“.