Matadi ... the vital port in the Congo Republic where, in the early days of?
Matadi ... the vital port in the Congo Republic where, in the early days of widespread violence by the mutinous Force Publique, many battles ensued for its possession. In July, troops of the Belgian Army retired from the town after heavy fighting against Congolese soldiers. Today, life in the port continues peacefully under United Nations administration.
The only signs that battle had ever swept through the town are the boarded fronts of shops pillaged by African troops, and cars abandoned by European refugees. Belgian settlers are still leaving the country for Europe and their cars were seen on railway wagons awaiting shipment.
United Nations reinforcements are still arriving at Matadi. Oct 1, a battalion of 1150 Indonesian soldiers docked in the American transport ship "USS Bexer". They brought the number of troops under UN command in the Congo to about 18,000.