DR Congo

If this is true, it doesn’t bode well for the DR Congo:

The BBC’s Barbara Plett, at the UN, says that during the past two decades Rwanda has backed armed groups in the east of DR Congo as a way to fight Hutu rebels who fled there after the genocide of the 1990s.

Some accuse Rwanda of using militias as proxies in an on-going battle for the region, which is rich in minerals, our correspondent adds.

The latest report by the UN Security Council’s Group of Experts provides more details of Rwanda’s alleged continued involvement.

It says M23 leaders “receive direct military orders” from Rwanda’s chief of defence staff, Gen Charles Kayonga, “who in turn acts on instructions from the minister of defence”, Gen James Kabarebe.

It also says Kigali has supplied the M23 with heavy weapons and stepped up recruitment for the group.

This is a war zone and Uganda and Rwanda both deny involvement so it’s hard to know if this is true. Still there’s a lot of money involved so I wouldn’t be surprised if other countries are involved–they have been before.

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  1. nosheenakhtar
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 15:47:05

    Reblogged this on Free Soft Fire.

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