In 1950 forced labor remained in the Congo and life expectancy did not reach 40 years of age.
In 1952, Governor General Leon Antoine Marie Petillon wrote to the Colonial Secretary, stating that if no action was taken to improve the situation in the Congo, Belgium would lose its richest colony.
In 1959 the first free elections that were won by the Mouvement National Congolais were held
Mutiny of the troops.
Coup of Mobutu and establishment as a dictatorship.
I 1971 Mobotu Renames Congo Zaire
Congo's first war, started in 1996
In 1998, the armies of Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi stormed Congolese soil giving rise to the so-called "Second Congo War"
Kabila was killed in 2001
The second Congo war ends in 2003