Heidi Kingstone on Congo: A country with everything, but whose people have nothing
Zee's Notes: It's been 30 years since the mass exodus 'Out of Africa' for Ismailis - however many stayed in Congo - the land of diamonds and gold - a country of incredible but risky opportunities. If you had the guts, and many did, millions could be made. I remember the stories of the wealth accumulated by some legendary Ismaili businessmen. Today Congo is suffering - poverty and depravation for it's people and the sad part is the International Community doesn't care - though there is still a sizeable Ismaili presence in neighboring Zaire judging from the following article in TheIsmaili.org :
Congolese Jamat hosts a dinner in celebration of the Golden Jubilee
As well, here is a great piece on the history of the Ismaili experience in Zaire:
Tomorrow: Kenya's slums...
Kenya's black hole
Second of four parts; London-based journalist Heidi Kingstone has reported from some of the world's most wretched places. This week, she profiles the worst of the worst
Heidi Kingstone, National Post Published: Tuesday, October 21, 2008