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Who Killed the Congo?

Kathryn Talalay

in Composition in Black and White

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195113938
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0029
Who Killed the Congo?

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Regular travel was Philippa's antiseptic, with her globetrotting came her musical career. But in the summer of 1960, when she reached her twenty-ninth birthday, she started working as a political journalist. On June 7, 1960, Philippa arrived in Elisabethville, the capital of the Belgian Congo's copper-rich Katanga province, exactly three weeks before the colony would gain its uneasy independence. Philippa would later inform New York how Congo's independence would have a tragic end. And indeed shortly after Independence Day, the Republic of Congo, as the new nation was called, began to disintegrate as ethnic and personal rivalries surfaced.

Keywords: Philippa; Elisabethville; musical career; political journalist; Congo

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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