I’ve poured my heart and soul into my latest book, “Congo Stories,” which I’ve co-authored with Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba. Our friend Ryan Gosling has contributed amazing photos from our travels together in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And Soraya Aziz Souleymane, Chouchou Namegabe, and Dave Eggers made critical contributions to the book, as did my colleagues at Enough and The Sentry Annie Callaway, Holly Dranginis, and Sasha Lezhnev.
We trace the extraordinary and devastating history that the U.S. and Europe share with Congo, and how Congolese and Americans are fighting back against the shocking backdrop of violent and illicit extraction of one of the world’s greatest natural resource bases.
With the holiday season upon us, we have an opportunity to reflect on how often Congolese human beings and natural resources have provided the raw material for Western progress. Before I started researching the historical sections of this book, I didn’t realize the full extent to which American and European advances came at the direct and unique expense of Congolese people and their country’s natural treasures. The complete story will shock you. And then, just when hope seems hard to find, we learn about the stories of amazing Congolese upstanders, resisting the plunder and mass corruption that has been Congo’s reality for centuries.
I hope you can spread the word about this book, order it for friends and family as a holiday gift, and become or stay active in the people’s movement to literally change the course of history in how the world relates to Congo.
Peaceful holidays to you all,
Events featuring authors coming up in San Francisco December 7, Los Angeles December 10, Washington, D.C. December 13, and New York December 14. For more book updates and news, visit our brand new book website CongoStories.org.
100 percent of the authors’ proceeds from the book will go to support Congolese Upstanders working for peace and human rights in Congo.