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Both Belgium and the United States should be called to account for the death of Patrice Lumumba

A review of Death in the Congo by Emmanuel Gerard and Bruce Kuklick reveals the full scandal of a 50-year-old murder

7 March 2015

9:00 AM

7 March 2015

9:00 AM

Death in the Congo: Murdering Patrice Lumumba Emmanuel Gerard and Bruce Kuklick

Harvard, pp.276, £20, ISBN: 9780674725270

For decades, all the outside world knew was that Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader, had been done away with. Like so much connected with the Congo, details were lost in the murk of Africa’s magnificent but broken giant. He had been fed to Katangan pigs, drowned in the river — or was perhaps even still alive and being held hostage in the Ituri rain-forest.

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