The Congo: La Nuit Infernale

The Belgian paratroopers had gone back home to a triumphant welcome, but they had probably left too soon. Behind them, the Congo kept sliding back into Stone Age savagery.

A pair of rescue columns of the Congolese government army led by white officers pushed deep into rebel territory. Their aim: to save as many as possible of the 1,100 white hostages still held by the savage rebel fighters known as Simbas (lions). By week's end they had rescued 600 whites—Belgian nuns and priests, Greek shopkeepers and restaurateurs, British and American missionaries. From nearly every man, woman and child saved came another...

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