Mobutu was finally overthrown in 1997, by Laurent Kabila, backed by Rwanda and Uganda; both countries then turned against him and tried to overthrow him, but he resisted, supported now by Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, all of whom sent troops. Their intervention could not prevent his assassination; his son then took power and signed the March 23rd peace agreements with the Tutsi rebels, who now call themselves the M23 rebels in honour of that deal. The Kabila family still holds power, though now it is son Joseph, trained as a soldier in China. An estimated three million people have died in the conflict, some from wounds, others from disease and malnutrition consequent upon the catastrophic mess the country is in. Militias abound. Plundering of natural resources has been commonplace. Corruption is endemic. Most surveys place the DCR in the number one slot on the world poverty list, though the term does not apply to the Kabila family or their close associates and friends. A disaster area. The tale of Mistah Kurtz, it may be recalled, took place in the Congo, and clearly Mistah Kurtz, o the horror, he still very much alive and well.
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