There actually seems to be some good news in the Congo:
Congo’s government reached an agreement on Monday with a renegade general to end an insurgency that has forced more than 400,000 people from their homes in the country’s volatile east in the past year and threatened to undermine the new democratically elected government, according to Congolese officials and Western diplomats involved in the negotiations.
The agreement follows a pact signed late last year in Nairobi, Kenya, between the Congolese and Rwandan governments to disarm and repatriate the Rwandan Hutu militias. Diplomats hope that taken together the two deals will help solve some of the most intractable issues at the heart of Congo’s seemingly interminable conflict.
Since the Hutu militias were the stated reason why General Nkunda didn’t disarm after the last agreement, maybe this time it will work out better. Still the last agreement was similar and didn’t work, so I’m only somewhat hopeful. Better than a war, though.
This article gives more evidence that the violence in Kenya was not spontaneous and, although it is based around ethnic lines, notes that the main reasons for violence are money and politics.