Sunday, January 27, 2013

From The ATA Archives: Anderson Cooper in The Democratic Republic of The Congo, October 2006, Part 2

This Sunday we are back for part 2 of Anderson's 2006 trip to The Democratic Republic of The Congo, after a break last week for coverage of the President's Inauguration.  If you missed part 1, you may find it by clicking here.

Today, It's Tuesday, October 3rd and Anderson is reporting from Goma covering some of the stories he promoted in his live shots the previous night.

COOPER: And thanks for joining us. We are in Goma on the far eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a county that literally sits near the heart of Africa. Congo shares borders with nine other countries. Its natural wealth includes diamonds, golds and minerals. The wealth is unmatched in Africa, but it is also a country of epic misery, where 70 percent of households are malnourished, two- thirds of people here have absolutely no access to health care. For decades Congo has been a killing field. Take a look. ~

COOPER: A wanted rebel leader accused of war crimes and the thing is, he's easy to find. My interview with a general who no one seems willing to arrest. 360 next.

COOPER: One of the biggest problems here in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is that many soldiers, police and other government leaders have a sense of impunity. There's really no responsibility or repercussions for bad behavior. Now it's common for soldiers to lewd and to rape women and yet rarely if ever are they apprehended or punished for that kind of behavior. The U.N. is now here. They have the largest peace keeping operation in U.N. history. The war has ended but still some rebel leaders out there, some militia leaders are refusing to give up their weapons. One of them is a general named Laurent Nkunda, he's a wanted man, there's an arrest warrant out for him. But no one seems so far willing to arrest him even though we were very able to find him very quickly. Take a look.

COOPER:  It is not just people, of course, who are suffering here in the Congo. Animals are suffering, as well. We're going to take you to the mountains of the Congo to where some endangered mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas, as well, gorillas with a reputation for being tough guys, are at the mercy of something even tougher. Next on 360. 

COOPER: With an estimated 38,000 people dying here every month from malnutrition and disease, humans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are obvious victims in this war-torn country. But some of the not so obvious victims are the gorillas of Central Africa, the lowland gorillas and the mountain gorillas. There are several hundred mountain gorillas left, and their lives are threatened. Take a look.

Join us next Sunday when we will have more of Anderson's reporting from the Congo; including more on the gorillas.  Until then...

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