The Democratic Republic of Congo is a place of extremes – awash with gold, diamonds and rare metals, possessing sufficient power in its mighty river system to provide 10% of the world’s power, the cockpit of the bloodiest war since 1945 and the ongoing object of the most expensive mission in United Nations history. And yet most Westerners would struggle to place it on a map.
On the 17 March at the Dorset County Museum, David James talks about a year spent in the Democratic Republic of Congo overseeing the UN operation to provide the security for their first general elections in almost half a century.
David joined the army in 1980. He travelled extensively in Europe working for NATO and the United Nations and retired in 2013. He lives in Dorchester where he volunteers his time as the Honorary Curator of the collection of Fine Arts at the Dorset County Museum.
He is also the author of Bloody Cross: Letters from the Congo, a fascinating insight from a constantly bemused and occasionally sceptical observer, to a part of the world which barely registers on the Western consciousness – but is the subject of serious Chinese attention – and to an event which should have been one of the most important in the 2006 political calendar yet which passed with barely a flicker in the Western press.
The lecture will take place in the Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Hall and is Free to the public; however a donation of £3 encouraged to cover costs. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.
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