Key questions answered

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Nov 22 2012, 09:18:39

Goma has fallen to rebels. Who are they, and what does it mean for peace prospects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

What is the state of the fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo?

After having captured the city of Goma, the biggest city in eastern DRC with a population of 1 million people, M23 rebels say they will go all the way to the capital, Kinshasa. That smacks of bravado as the capital is around 1,000 miles away and the rebels number only 1,500 to 2,500 - and the Congolese army is about 150,000-strong. Goma fell with surprising ease despite the presence of UN peacekeepers, known by their acronym (Monusco), who were supposed to support the army. The UN said the nearly 1,500 UN troops in Goma held their fire to avoid bloodshed. Besides troops in Goma, the UN has another 6,700 and 4,000 troops in the provinces of North and South Kivu, respectively, including, in some places, behind the M23 lines. It sounds a lot, but the area is huge and UN forces have been criticised in the past for standing by as atrocities were committed by government or rebel troops.

Who are the M23?

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Rwanda:   How the Seven Lions Were Delivered to Akagera Park (news)
The New Times
2 July 2015

No one anticipated that the trip from Kigali international airport to the Akagera National Park in the Eastern Province, would take more than six hours. [read more]

Rwanda:   Plastic Bottle Ban - Protection of Consumers Should Be Priority (editorial)
The New Times
2 July 2015

As the August 1 deadline on the ban of using plastic bottles in gin manufacturing approaches, tension between the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) and some gin manufacturers is at its highest as the two ... [read more]

Rwanda:   Basketball Play-Offs to Kick-Off This Weekend (news)
Rwanda Focus
1 July 2015

The top four teams in both the male and female national basketball championship will battle in the play-offs games scheduled to start on Saturday July 4, at Amahoro Petit Stade. [read more]

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!