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Raising consciousness about the challenge of the Congo and supporting Congolese institutions as they strive to bring about peaceful and lasting change.

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Nancy C (806)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 4:36 am
Last Letter

My dear companion,

I write you these words without knowing if they will reach you, when they will reach you, or if I will still be living when you read them. All during the length of my fight for the independence of my country, I have never doubted for a single instant the final triumph of the sacred cause to which my companions and myself have consecrated our lives. But what we wish for our country, its right to an honorable life, to a spotless dignity, to an independence without restrictions, Belgian colonialism and its Western allies-who have found direct and indirect support, deliberate and not deliberate among certain high officials of the United Nations, this organization in which we placed all our confidence when we called for their assistance-have not wished it.

They have corrupted certain of our fellow countrymen, they have contributed to distorting the truth and our enemies, that they will rise up like a single person to say no to a degrading and shameful colonialism and to reassume their dignity under a pure sun.

We are not alone. Africa, Asia, and free and liberated people from every corner of the world will always be found at the side of the Congolese. They will not abandon the light until the day comes when there are no more colonizers and their mercenaries in our country. To my children whom I leave and whom perhaps I will see no more, I wish that they be told that the future of the Congo is beautiful and that it expects for each Congolese, to accomplish the sacred task of reconstruction of our independence and our sovereignty; for without dignity there is no liberty, without justice there is no dignity, and without independence there are no free men.

No brutality, mistreatment, or torture has ever forced me to ask for grace, for I prefer to die with my head high, my faith steadfast, and my confidence profound in the destiny of my country, rather than to live in submission and scorn of sacred principles. History will one day have its say, but it will not be the history that Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations will teach, but that which they will teach in the countries emancipated from colonialism and its puppets. Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara, a history of glory and dignity.

Do not weep for me, my dear companion. I know that my country, which suffers so much, will know how to defend its independence and its liberty. Long live the Congo! Long live Africa!

Written by Patrice Lumumba in December 1960

June 30, 1960, Congo elects its first democratically elected leader Patrice Lumumba who is subsequently assassinated within months, January 17, 1961.

Teresa W (782)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 4:44 am
noted, thank you

Nancy C (806)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 4:50 am

Nancy C (806)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 4:54 am
JFK says US will support U.N. Congo efforts 1961

. (1)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 6:22 am
Noted. Thank you Nancy.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 4:15 pm
Signed up for their e-mails! Thanks, Nancy!

Mary T (178)
Monday March 19, 2012, 7:12 pm
Thanks Nancy.

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Monday March 19, 2012, 7:49 pm
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Past Member (0)
Monday March 19, 2012, 7:56 pm
Great article. Thanks.

Jerry B (128)
Monday March 19, 2012, 9:51 pm
Noted..thanks Nancy!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 11:37 am
Noted, thank you Nancy

Ann L (15)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 4:15 pm
Noted. Thanks Nancy

Star S. (54)
Monday March 26, 2012, 11:44 pm
noted Nancy, The Congolese people have been sufferring for many years. But change also comes from within.. fortunately many more congolese are reacting and trying to tackle the terrible problems.

alicia m (97)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:16 am
noted,shared and with kind permission:


Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:26 am
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