Daily Archives: August 23, 2013

Is the UN Intervention Brigade the Solution to DRC crisis?

A Conversation with two young filmmakers who visited M23 .


For almost four years the rebel group M23 has been in control of much of Eastern Congo. The group says that it is fighting the government of DRC, blaming it for its failure to honor a 2009 peace deal. The Kinshasa government says that the group's demands were met,and instead accuses Rwanda of using the group as a proxy to fight and plunder the mineral rich region. The U.N. Security Council in a first of its kind arrangement, authorized an offensive military force to mount operations against the rebels.

Rwanda condemns continued DRC bombing of Rwandan villages.



The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) today strongly condemned the second bombing this week of Rwandan territory by DRC forces.

Five bombs were fired into Busasamana Sector in Rubavu, Western Rwanda along the border with DRC, landing in Bukumu, Kagezi, Kageyo and Rusura Villages successively in a span of three hours from 3:30 to 6:30 hours on Friday afternoon. All were identified as 120mm mortar bombs and the estimated trajectory suggests that they were fired from FARDC positions near Mutaho in Eastern DRC.

In condemning the attacks, Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita, the Defence Spokesperson said: "The continued indiscriminate bombing of Rwandan villages by DRC armed forces is unacceptable and must stop immediately.

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