Posts Tagged ‘Congo’

Congo ex-rebel ‘working with UN’: BBC NEWS.

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

A report this morning that Gen Bosco Ntaganda is asisting UN forces (MONUC)  in the Congo.  Apparently, he is though to be useful in bringing peace to the eastern Congo!  He is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court:

BBC NEWS: “The BBC has seen documents alleging that a former rebel leader indicted for war crimes is playing a leading role in a mission involving the UN in DR Congo…”

For more see the link below;

via BBC NEWS | Africa | Congo ex-rebel ‘working with UN’.

Violence on the rise in DR Congo: BBC NEWS.

April 25, 2009 1 comment

The news from the Congo doesn’t get any better; the carnage, the suffering continues. The BBC News headline I find bizarre “violence on the rise in DR Congo” well BBC when was it never on the rise???

War, war, war is the Congo’s fate, abandoned by the UN; abandoned by the African Union; abandoned by France; looted by African gangster militias of one kind or another; looted by soldiers of the Congo Army; looted by corporations; the Congo is merely a playground for the scoundrels of Africa.

The cost is the constant suffering of the Congolese.

For God’s sake when will the people of the Congo enjoy peace and security?

BBC NEWS: “Civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have subjected to escalating reprisals at the hands of armed groups, aid agencies say.

The atrocities, which include rape and arson, come amid continuing fighting between the army and Hutu militiamen.

In the Lubero territory in North Kivu 250 homes were been burned down in the last week, Oxfam said.

In Luofo, a nearby village, Hutu rebels are said to be conducting a house-to-house terror campaign.

Local authorities say rebels operating in the village, which is 170km (274 miles) from the regional capital, Goma, have been telling those they visit “you will all die”, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

‘Not enough peacekeepers’…”

For more see the link below;

via BBC NEWS | Africa | Violence on the rise in DR Congo.

Sarkozy outlines Congo peace plan

March 27, 2009 Leave a comment

DRC map, courtesy BBC.

DRC map, courtesy BBC.

President Sarkozy’s visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo is of interest to Congo watchers. Clearly, there are economic reasons at the bottom of it and maybe the fear of “Balkanisation” may be real but then the DRC is far too large, it’s just ungovernable;

BBC News: “…Preparations for the visit were overshadowed by comments Mr Sarkozy made in January when he suggested DR Congo share its mineral wealth with Rwanda as a way to end violence around the main eastern city of Goma.

The idea triggered uproar with the Congolese media accusing Paris of seeking a “Balkanisation” of the country and trying to use DR Congo’s mineral wealth to help mend its ties with Rwanda.

Paris and Kigali have been at loggerheads for years over who is to blame for Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, in which some 800,000 people were slaughtered…”

For more see the link below;

via BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Sarkozy outlines Congo peace plan.

Story of Two Rebels Highlights Harsh Irony in Congo – Enough

March 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Congo. CIA map.

Congo. CIA map.

News of the progress or non progress in realation to war crimes committed in the Congo by rebel leaders, in this case the Union Patriots Congolais formally backed by the Ugandans.

Enough Project: The International Criminal Court recently resumed the trial of Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. The proceedings are the first of their kind and are setting a crucial international precedent. They also highlight the critical and unfortunate irony that, while Lubanga sits in a cell in The Hague, his former comrade, Bosco Ntaganda, is working alongside the Congolese and Rwandan armies and has been spotted lounging on hotel terraces in the town of Goma in plain view of UN staffers and other members of the international community—despite the fact he too is wanted by the ICC for war crimes.

The charges against both Lubanga and Ntaganda stem from their time with the military wing of the then-Ugandan-supported Union Patriots Congolais, a rebel group that terrorized Congo’s Ituri region throughout the beginning of the decade. Lubanga led the UPC and Ntaganda was a close deputy. The two were investigated together by the ICC, which issued arrest warrants for both men on three counts of conscripting children under the age of fifteen—a war crime under the 2002 Rome Statute establishing the ICC.

For more see the link below;

via Story of Two Rebels Highlights Harsh Irony in Congo | Enough.

A glimmer of hope in the dark heart of Africa? – Telegraph

March 23, 2009 2 comments

Congo. CIA map.

Congo. CIA map.

Interesting article by Mary Riddell  on the constant state of war in the Congo. I am alarmed at the heading “dark heart of Africa”  creates old fashioned imagery.  It is another reminder of the deepest despair amongst the ordinary Congolese and the Hutu rebels, the FDLR, amongst others who commit unspeakable horror on their fellow Africans.

For more see the link below;

A glimmer of hope in the dark heart of Africa? – Telegraph.

Congolese flee new Hutu attacks

March 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Eastern Congo -Kivu. CIA map

Eastern Congo -Kivu. CIA map

Once again the news from north Kivu in the Congo is grim, as the Hutu militia, the FDLR, is terrorizing the local population.  30, 000 have been forced to leave their homes. Now I agree behind it all is the need for minerals etc required by international corporations but what we are seeing once again is African slaughtering African; it goes on and on.

BBC News: ” Some 30,000 people have fled raids by the Hutu FDLR militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the past two weeks, the UN says.

The armies of Rwanda and DR Congo launched a joint operation against the FDLR in January, before Rwandan troops returned home a month later.

The UN’s refugee agency says the militia has been retaliating against the civilian population…” More see the link below;

via BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Congolese flee new Hutu attacks.

Ugandan Army withdraws from Congo.

March 16, 2009 Leave a comment

BBC News: “Uganda has begun withdrawing soldiers sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo in December to pursue Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.

They have been engaged in a joint operation alongside DR Congo government forces and south Sudanese forces to end brutal LRA attacks on civilians.

However, calls were made in DR Congo to end the Ugandan presence, which amounted to about 300 troops.

The Ugandan army said its campaign against the LRA had been a success…” more see link to the BBC Africa News below;

via BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Ugandan army begins Congo pullout.