The «Six Day War» most people know spanned 5-10 June 1967 and saw Israel defeating Arab neighbours Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Exactly 33 years later, between the same June dates, another «Six Day War» was fought. It made much less of a global impact, but locally the wounds cut very deep, and have lingered long. Part of the Second Congo War of 1998-2003 – a clash over central African mineral – wealth whose cumulative death-toll ran into the millions — the Guerre des Six Jours concerned Rwandan and Uganda but took place elsewhere, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), specifically its third-biggest city, Kisangani (population c.1.5m).
The Battle of Kisangani
4,000 were killed and 3,000 injured in the ‘Battle of Kisangani,’ many of the latter suffering limb-amputation. The survivors’ protracted struggle to obtain compensation is the subject of Dieudo Hamadi’s fifth feature-length documentary Downstream . . .
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