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Title:Altruism or economic expediency? A descriptive account of Namibia's 1998 involvement in the DRC conflict
Author:Amupanda, Job Shipululo
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic terms:Namibia
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
foreign intervention
Abstract:In 1998, Namibia joined the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a conflict referred to by some as the most devastating war to have occurred since the Second World War, resulting in the death and displacement of millions of people. Involving about eight African countries, this war destabilised the region, resulting in it being referred to by many as 'Africa's First World War.' During this war, extensive resources of nation states were allocated to warfare, instead of being channelled towards more productive and life-saving welfare and poverty alleviation programmes. For example, the United Nations (UN) estimates that the war in the DRC cost Namibia about N$700 Million. While the involvement of Namibia attracted much criticism, it failed to attract academic research of equal measure. Of the research projects conducted, few are by Namibian researchers. There has not been a coherent descriptive account of Namibia's involvement in this conflict. This article provides a descriptive account of Namibia's involvement in this conflict while exploring and examining Namibia's motive for being involved in this devastating conflict. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]