On June 30, the Democratic Republic of the Congo marks 50 years since gaining independence. But for Simon Bokongo, director of a local human rights NGO, poverty, security and healthcare are still a long way from adequate in the country.
Doctor Simon Bokongo is a man of commitment. A native of the eastern city of Kisangani, he heads the Congolese Physicians for Peace and is a member of the oppositionist Movement for the Liberation of Congo. Every day he fights for his people to have better access to medical care. For him, the celebrations marking 50 years of self-governance ring hollow given what has occurred since independence.
Date created : 2010-06-29