Congo: My Country

Congo: My Country

Congo: My Country

Congo: My Country

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The aim of this work is to make a contribution towards the search for a solution for the present and future problems of the Congo. I do not claim to offer the solution, since there are others more competent and qualified than myself, namely the rulers of the country and those responsible for Belgian colonial policy. My aim must be interpreted merely as a desire to take part in the free discussion of the complex problems confronting the country, since the clash of ideas produces light. It is as a citizen of this African continent that I wish to take part in the debate which is now opening.

For a long time past the Belgians have constantly been appealing for the collaboration of the Congolese élite. It is in reply to this appeal that I have undertaken to study some current problems which affect our everyday life; I reserve the right to return to them later or to study certain other questions of general interest which sometimes escape the attention of our rulers.

My intention is not to teach our rulers, or show them the way to go -- that would be presumptuous -- but to enlighten them on the mysteries of the African soul: what the Congolese think of the hard facts of life, of their future and their union with the Belgians.

When I said that certain questions sometimes escape the attention of our rulers I did so advisedly, for it is not easy to plumb the African soul. Colonists who have undertaken a study of Bantu philosophy know only too well that the African does not easily confide in a "foreigner".

Amongst many other examples, we have recently experienced . . .

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