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  • Writer's pictureDavid Connolly

Stomping Out Rebellion in DR Congo

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has endured 25 years of war, making it the deadliest global conflict since World War II. More than 120 armed groups roam the east terrorizing the civilian population. The United Nations estimates that over six million people have died and millions more displaced by the conflict. Now, people here are facing another rebellion by M23 rebels whose fighters are from the minority Tutsi ethnic group. The Tutsi were the group targeted in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and the ethnicity of Rwanda’s president. Rwanda has been accused of funding the group, an accusation they deny.

Congo’s national army, East Africa’s Regional Forces, and a 15,000-strong UN peacekeeping force have failed to stop the rebels' advance. Frustrated and angry, young Congolese people across the east are joining the fight.

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