Rumors circulated last week that the M23 rebel group reportedly signed an agreement with eleven other armed groups on April 21, 2013. The groups are said to include FAP-Nyatura, FDC, FPC-AP, FPD, Mai-Mai Cheka, MPA, M26, PARECO Lafontaine, PRM, URDC, and Vutura. They allegedly agreed on mutual defense - an armed attack against any one of them would be considered an attack against them all - in response to an attack by the forthcoming United Nations Foreign Intervention Brigade, or FIB.
Whether or not these rumors are true, one thing is clear: the Kivus will witness a renewed militarization and, if not carefully handled on all sides, potential resulting violence and unrest will negatively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians. [view whole blog post ]