Scars of Colonization

the drc

In Tram 83, by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, the author writes a story about the DRC located in central Africa. The author discusses major issues in the book such as the government corruption and poverty that affects the lives of those who live in the DRC daily.

“The court, which was corrupt to the core, had found a cash cow” (p. 102).

In the book the government is extremely corrupt. The wealthy are the ones who are in control of the money and they are basically the government. Any sort of influx of money that comes into the DRC are by tourists. The people who live in the DRC must work everyday and try to milk as much money as they can out of the tourists since really, that is one of the only ways to make money. Even when the money is made the government finds a way to take it away from the people. The government governs for their own needs rather than governing for the good of the people.

The DRC continues to be corrupt like the book constantly states. In an article titled Congo’s Colonial Ghost by Khaled Diab. The article discusses how colonialism has affected the DRC which caused a lot of corruption in the DRC including, government corruption which is a prevalent theme in Tram 83.  In an interview with Joseph Nzau, he states that the DRC government does not have the common good in mind  “They want to enrich themselves first and their clans second”. The government is often criticized to be corrupt in the novel and by people in the DRC  but in fact governing proves to be difficult in the DRC due to factors such as low population density and poor infrastructure. Though it is easy to blame infrastructures and lack of resources really it is colonialism that left its mark in the Congo that is affecting the DRC to this day. It is sad to note that the DRC was never really able to pick themselves up (understandingly so) after colonization. Once a land is stripped of all their resources and the people are enslaved, the effects of emotional and monetary colonialism stay in tact One can teeter back and forth on who is to blame for the corruption in the DRC. It is important to remember that no government is perfect and while yes the DRC needs to do more for their people, they are one of the poorest countries in the world, making it difficult to give the people of the DRC a better life.

Sources:Diab, Khaled. “Congo’s colonial ghost | Khaled Diab.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 21 Apr. 2010,

Picture: The Ultimate History Project, chained congolese slaves, November 7 2017


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