Thursday, August 30, 2012

Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair

4 years of research, a year and a half of writing and 897 footnotes later: Welcome the world, little book. And thank you so much, Congo.

I would also like to personally thank my Kickstarter backers:  Erin Siegal, Michele Roumain, Lori DiBacco, Ezra Fieser, Tomas van Houtryve, Jon-Marc Seimon, Chris and April Deibert, Emily Leuning, Cari Luna, Gergana Koleva, Ben Deibert, Natasha Del Toro, Karen Ferriere, Reyna Clancy, Susan Carlile, Kelly Lyons Schober, Emily Hatfield, Brian Blessinger, Sutton Stokes, Stephen Leahy, Jan Voordouw, Nomi Prins, Susanne and Joseph Feeks, Nancy Rebal, Ashley Eckel, the World Future Council, Matthew Moran, Andrew McConnell, Erika Stokes, Marika Lynch, Sean O'Neill, Summer Jauneaud, Hilary Wallis, David Doherty, Jean M. Dorsinville, Patrick Brun, Sharon Brun, Jabe Bloom, Reginald Dumas, Gennike Mayers, Robert Morison, Richard Boncy, Jean Roger Laraque, Erline Andrews, Ben Fountain, David Searcy, Diane Banowetz, Patrick Moynihan, Francesca Romeo, Eve Sibley, Sarah Anderson, Gerry Hadden, Alex Morel, Jann Deibert, Louisa Dykstra, Art Beyond Borders, Emily Breon, Pooja Bhatia, Merritt Tierce  and Noelle Theard.

Thank you all so much. I couldn't have done it without you.

A grant from the International Peace Research Association also proved essential to the book's completion.

Asante.

MD

2 comments:

Pitshou Kafuku said...

It's pleasure to see author who cares about Congo put something together for us Congolese people as well as for the rest of the world. I know he wont be easy to write this book bcs of the complex of the situation DRC has been going thru since Leopold and what had happened to this people to be killed in silence. Nobody cares abt us, but to those who cares not just what Congo has like resources but about this poor population, WE CONGOLESE ARE GOING TO STAY STRONG N DEVELOP LOVE IN OUR HEART TO SUCCEED

Michael Deibert said...

Thank you for your thoughts, Pitshou. I still believe Congo has extraordinary potential, perhaps the greatest of any country in Africa. I will do my best to accurately depict the struggles there over the least several years. Asante. MD