Congo: The Heart of Darkness

CONGO (See Cover) The tom-tom must beat this night to call our warriors to the fight. Everywhere in the bush the army of warriors must answer this ancestral call.

—Moise Tshombe, on the eve of the U.N. offensive

In the U.S., the tom-tom of headlines, echoing queer names and remote places, was becoming all too insistent. It told of the United Nations' painful effort to pacify a province called Katanga and unify an emerging nation called Congo. To many it seemed a strange and distant venue to win so much of the world's attention....

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