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Vol 48 No 23

Published 16th November 2007


Congo-Kinshasa

The tail wags the dog

The Kinshasa government is rocked by its failures to resolve the conflict in the eastern Kivu provinces

The crisis in North Kivu is worsening sharply, with over 500,000 people displaced in the past year, and is one of the key factors holding back Congo-Kinshasa's attempts at post-war recovery. Aid workers there are beginning to compare the eastern Congo crisis with that of Sudan's Darfur region. Months after clashes erupted between the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) and forces loyal to dissident Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda, the violence continues despite the United Nations' presence and other diplomatic initiatives.

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