“It’s been over two decades since the Rwandan genocide began. While the country hasvastly improved in the years following, the aftershocks have ravished its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But as the documentary Merci Congo reveals, although Congo is still fighting what’s been called the “deadliest war since WWII,” it’s not without hope.
Premiering December 9 on VICELAND, Merci Congo profiles a wide array of activists who’ve dedicated their lives to helping Congo rise from the ashes of its current conflict, in which rape, murder, and corruption are at an all-time high. Although Congo is one of the richest countries in the world resource-wise—its river is expansive, and there’s an abundance of minerals used to make electronics—the country remains impoverished thanks to years of abuse that began when Belgians first took power and started a pervasive trend of forced labor.
History is only repeating itself now as escaped Rwandan war lords pillage the land, leaving the Congolese despondent. However, modern Congo is taking steps to rehabilitate itself with the help of international and domestic activists who offer assistance to women who have suffered sexual abuse, those who lack education, citizens without access to clean drinking water, conflict mineral miners, and others in peril. Merci Congo hopes not only to raise awareness, but to incite its viewers to make a positive impact on the world.”