Theatre Director Begins Unique Citizen-led Tribunal in Eastern Congo

No one knows exactly how many people have died in the past two decades in mineral-rich Congo, but Milo Rau, a Swiss theatre director and journalist, puts the figure at six million.
In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), no one is quite sure why conflict has raged either, thanks to the labyrinthine complexity of the region: the alphabet soup of armed groups, the seeming lack of ideology and the shadowy involvement of neighbouring countries and multinational corporations.
But Rau is determined to unravel at least some of these tangled threads. Today he will begin staging an unprecedented event – part political inquiry, part verbatim theatre – in eastern Congo itself, hearing evidence from players on all sides of the ongoing tragedy.