The Congo: The Sound of Chaos

The Congo, 18 months after winning its independence, was still in a state of limbo—but certainly not calmly.

Fortnight ago, Premier Cyrille Adoula decided on still another attempt to force the secessionist province of Katanga back under the authority of the central government, ordered his army under General Joseph Mobutu on "a police action." It was a typical Congolese offensive: vowing to "fight to the last man," the invading Congolese army wound up fleeing Katanga's well-disciplined troops, hightailed it back across the border—where they began to fight among themselves over defenseless white women.

"Blacker than We." Mobutu's 2,500 troops never penetrated more...

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