This documentary combines the story of journalist Suroosh Alvi’s journey to understand the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the highly complex situation he ultimately uncovers there.

In parts 4 and 5 of the series, the journalist goes deep into the jungle to interview a Mai Mai leader. The Mai Mai General and his fighters talk openly about their motivations for fighting and reveal conflicting loyalties.

(During the Congolese civil war, the Mai Mai were village defense groups. Today , some Mai Mai militias continue to defend villages, while others are vicious rebel groups.)


Heart of Bleakness, part 4. 8:55 min.
Heart of Bleakness, part 5. 11:41 min.


UN-backed Congolese army drive could displace 100,000 people, analysts warn The Guardian (Mar 16, 2012)

Use of ‘Conflict Minerals’ Gets More Scrutiny From U.S.
New York Times (March 19, 2012)

Q&A: DR Congo Conflict BBC (Aug 27, 2010)

Mai Mai Fighters Third Piece in Congo’s Violent Puzzle
New York Times (Now 20, 2008)

Categories: DR Congo, Featured

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