May 27, 2003 |
From the safety of a United Nations compound ringed with razor wire and guarded by Uruguayan peacekeepers in armored vehicles, refugees described two weeks of massacres that have taken place in this town in the northeastern corner of Congo. "We saw people with their throats cut, with their bellies open, bodies from which the hearts had been removed," said Japhet M'Balissaga, a 25-year-old university student sitting under the yellow glow of a plastic makeshift tent.
June 22, 2004 |
Congo on Monday denied claims by neighbor and rival Rwanda that it was massing troops for an attack, and international diplomatic pressure built to avert what one African leader called a "potentially catastrophic war" in Central Africa. Congo's defense minister said his country was sending 5,000 troops east to provinces bordering Rwanda -- Congo's chief enemy in a devastating five-year war -- but insisted the deployment was to quell former rebels on its soil, not to invade Rwanda.
December 20, 2004 |
About 100,000 civilians in eastern Congo fled during a week of fighting between government troops and renegade soldiers and hid deep in the forest where humanitarian workers cannot reach them, U.N. officials said Sunday. Battles broke out again Sunday north of Kanyabayonga, where reinforcements sent by the central government have been fighting troops loyal to a former rebel group, the Congolese Rally for Democracy, which fought in Congo's 1998-2002 war.
December 26, 2005 |
At least 39 fighters were killed when U.N. and Congolese troops clashed with Ugandan rebels in Congo's war-torn east over the weekend, a United Nations official said. Maj. Hans-Jakob Reichen, a U.N. spokesman, said 35 rebels were killed in the operation. An Indian peacekeeper was killed and four compatriots injured, and three Congolese government forces were killed and 16 hurt, he said.
June 13, 2006 |
The president of Congo told the U.N. Security Council on Monday that he would do his utmost to stop political intimidation and incitement during campaigning in the country's first national elections in more than four decades, diplomats said. The Security Council met privately at the presidential palace with President Joseph Kabila, who is one of 33 candidates for the presidency. The Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, is struggling to emerge from years of conflict.
November 16, 2008 |
Renewed fighting broke out Saturday between rebels and soldiers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as a U.N. special envoy flew in for emergency talks and said President Joseph Kabila was ready to meet his main rival. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo met Kabila late Friday and said the Congolese leader "did not give anything that I would call conditions" for holding talks with rebel leader Laurent Nkunda.
October 31, 2008 |
An uneasy calm returned Thursday to this battered Congolese city as a tenuous cease-fire halted clashes and nervous residents struggled to resume their regular lives. Many of the thousands of panicked people who fled regional displacement camps a day earlier and stormed into Goma, a city in northeastern Congo, began traveling back to the nearby camps.
April 5, 2010
Just before Christmas, the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group with roots in Uganda, perpetrated a massacre in the Makombo area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over four days, the rebels hacked and clubbed to death more than 320 unarmed civilians and kidnapped 250 others, including dozens of children. Survivors and escapees interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that the rebels left a 40-mile trail of mutilated bodies, some still tied to trees. The world learned only recently of the attack.
January 18, 2004 |
Nursing her year-old daughter under a tree, Zaina Kisa talks softly about how her life was destroyed when she was raped by 10 rebels from neighboring Burundi and conceived the child. "There is no future here for a woman stigmatized by rape," the 20-year-old woman said. "Many times I look at this child and remember the horror and pain of that day.... But she is a victim too because she will never know her father."
September 12, 2005 |
As soon as she heard the popping of gunfire, Kavira Mwengeshal grabbed her seven children and fled to the forest, escaping moments before anti-government militiamen sealed off this remote fishing village. She and thousands of other terrified residents prayed for nearby United Nations troops to rescue them, but a company of Congolese government soldiers responded first to the Mai-Mai rebel attack in July.