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Segment 3 (Zaire: A Country On The Ropes) #499009

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 26, 1978
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(Studio) Report on plight of people of Zaire, caught in middle of attempt by Katangan rebels to take over Shaba prov. which provides mining industry that keeps Zaire's economy up.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kinshasa, Zaire) Effect that mine closings in Shaba prov. will have on fishermen along Congo River and on residents of Kinshasa detailed; problems that would then result for President Mobutu noted. [US ambassador Walter CUTLER - states efforts by govts. of Zaire, United States and other ntns. to get Zaire's economy on even keel; says Katangan rebel attack on Kolwezi won't help.] Details of Zaire's economy given. Mobutu's efforts to raise standard of living in country and reasons for their failure examined. Practice of bribery in Zaire outlined. Other details of life in Zaire described. Dilemma facing US and West in choice between opposing Mobutu and seeing his regime replaced by Communist one or supporting him to keep Communists out stated.
REPORTER: John Palmer

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Palmer, John
Duration:
00:04:40

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