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Title:Brazzaville's Marche Total: Women's Alliances during the Civil War in Congo
Author:Yengo, Patrice
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:Congo (Republic of)
Subjects:civil wars
market women
self-help associations
Politics and Government
Women's Issues
History and Exploration
Urbanization and Migration
External link:https://doi.org/10.4000/etudesafricaines.5916
Abstract:The Republic of Congo-Brazzaville experienced a long civil war from 1992 to 2002. The first part of the conflict (1992-1994), which opposed President Pascal Lissouba's supporters to those of Brazzaville's mayor, Bernard Kolélas, took place in the southern areas of the capital and particularly in the district of Bacongo. During this crisis, women often showed a great sense of solidarity among themselves, setting up mutual-help networks, often in the workplace and according to their religious beliefs. This article deals with certain aspects of these new types of networks which women managed to weave, notably associated with their trading activities in the Marché Total, the main market of Bacongo, and also the biggest market in Brazzaville. The Solidarity for Christ mutual aid society is discussed as a notable example. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]