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Today, Jennifer Anniston and Courtney Cox announced that they were going to campaign for Congolese women by urging electronics companies in the United States not to buy “conflict minerals” from the Congo. Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Robin Wright Penn, Joel Madden, Javier Bardem, Dayle Haddon, Emile Hirsch and Mia Farrow

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The UN envoy to the Great Lakes, Olusegun Obasanjo, announced today that he was scaling back his mediation efforts in the region, saying “the situation has been dramatically transformed.” He pointed to the rapprochement between Kigali and Kinshasa, the arrest of Laurent Nkunda and the integration of most of his

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Is Kimia II worth it? Consider the following figures that I got my hands onto today: A MONUC official told me the monthly human rights balance for the Kimia II operations today. In the month of October, the Congolese army killed 70 civilians, raped 20 and committed 54 other abuses

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Congo Siasa

Just a quick word on the refugee returns – I checked with a UNHCR report to find out how many of the 50,000 Congolese (mostly Tutsi) refugees in Rwanda come from this area – there are 400 who say they are from Bafuna groupement, the small administrative division where the

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Congo Siasa

I got my hands on an internal MONUC report on killings by ex-CNDP (Nkunda’s former soldiers) units in the Congolese army around Lukweti (western Masisi territory). It is the result of a week of investigations by MONUC human rights officers in the field. Its conclusions are interesting and highlights some

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Just when you thought there were enough complexities in the Kivus – the ex-CNDP boys (Nkunda’s former armed group) now seem to be fighting amongst each other. Some of the the bodyguards of Colonel Faustin Muhindo (Tutsi, ex-CNDP, the chief of staff of Kimia II, still close to Nkunda) have

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Congo Siasa

The main opposition party in the Congo, the Mouvement de liberation du Congo (MLC), has been going through some serious internal rows in the past weeks. Although their leader Jean-Pierre Bemba won 42% of the votes nationally in 2006 and a majority in five provinces (Kinshasa, Bas-Congo, Equateur, Kasai Oriental

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Congo Siasa

505 civilians killed by the Congolese army in Nyabiondo, that was the sad statistic announced by Human Rights Watch yesterday. (For more on the history behind this violence, see my blog from a few days ago). An internal UN report I saw included some other sad numbers: 3,100 cases of

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I was talking to a Congolese (opposition) parliamentarian today about the 2010 budget, which has just been submitted by the government. He said that it does not include a budget line for local elections, so he doubts that they still intend on holding them. I checked and couldn’t find a

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Congo Siasa

The detente between Kigali and Kinshasa has caused a lot of jubilation amongst diplomats. After all, the rift between the two countries that was a main driver of the Congo conflict since 1998. The arrest of Laurent Nkunda in January and the integration of thousands of CNDP soldiers in the

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