DR Congo

I haven’t looked at the DR Congo for a while and, unfortunately, things haven’t changed much:

The United Nations refugee agency today condemned rampant abuse against civilians in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid fighting that has uprooted nearly half a million people over the past four months.“Our staff and partners in Uganda, Rwanda and eastern DRC have been receiving regular and extensive reports of widespread human rights violations and abuses,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Andrej Mahecic, toldreporters in Geneva.

“These include indiscriminate and summary killings of civilians, rape and other sexual abuse, torture, arbitrary arrests, assaults, looting, extortion of food and money, destruction of property, forced labour, forced military recruitment, including children, and ethnically-motivated violence,” he added.

DRC troops have been fighting the so-called M23, a group of former national army soldiers who mutinied in April, and have since been moving in north-eastern parts of the country, including in the provinces of North Kivu and Province Orientale. The DRC troops have received support from peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).

And other countries might be involved:

Rwanda is under increasing pressure after a United Nations experts’ report found it was providing support to the M23 rebels who have fought government soldiers in North Kivu province since April, displacing some 470,000 civilians.

As usual, what I want to know is what resources are involved. It’s usually about the resources–all the sides of the conflict have been pretty bad, because most of them are after money and a peace treaty hurts the people who control the resources now.

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