New U.N. brigade may worsen crisis in Congo – aid agencies

Alex Whiting



 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new U.N. military brigade set up to track down and “neutralise” armed groups in order to reduce violence in eastern Congo may put both civilians and aid operations at greater risk, some aid agencies said.

The brigade, currently 2,000 troops, is trying to establish a security zone that includes the capital of North Kivu province, Goma, and the town of Sake.  On Tuesday, armed groups within the zone were given 48 hours to hand over their weapons. 

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