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The M23 insurgency is over. Will 2014 finally bring peace to the Congo?

A Peace Agreement by any other name After months of on-again off-again negotiations, on December 12 the Government of the DR Congo and the M23 rebel group agreed to the terms of peace. This time it is real. The M23 had already surrendered on November 5 and declared an end to their rebellion. In March, […]

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In the DR Congo, “peaceful” describes horror

In the early morning hours of Tuesday November 20, the M23 rebels entered Goma in the eastern Congo. Journalists and eye witnesses have consistently reported that the rebels met with virtually no opposition as the Congolese soldiers fled and the UN peacekeepers stood by and watched. In the days leading up to the rebel advance, […]

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DR Congo. What do the M23 rebels want?

This morning I read that the M23 rebels are in the process of withdrawing from Goma. It’s a start. There is an expectation that negotiations between the Government of the DR Congo and M23 are up next. We have to know what M23 wants in order to successfully negotiate the dissolution of M23, and to […]

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Rwanda Fuels Renewed Violence in the Congo – Canada Complicit?

The long simmering conflict in the eastern region of the Congo has exploded. Since early April tens of thousands of villagers have fled their homes to escape the fighting, hundreds of civilians have been killed, and children are once again being forcibly recruited as ‘soldiers.’ To help prevent further escalation of the violence and humanitarian […]

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