Only 11 days after announcing independence, the Congo rapidly deteriorated into an orgy of chaos. Army grunts sought reprisals against its still-Belgian officers, the mineral-rich province of Katanga seceded from the nation and even the UN dragged its feet when it came to stabilizing the situation. But why? Why did UN troops refuse to enter Katanga, the problematic, pro-Belgium, secessionist province? Why did Joseph Mobutu, once one of Lumumba's closest friends, betray him and declare rebellion against Lumumba's government? What interests did the US have in the Congo, and what was the nature of its intervention, as well as its motives for doing so? Join us as we dissect the 7 months after Congolese independence and uncover how how the West murdered freedom in the Congo.