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M23 rebels withdraw from the eastern Congo in december 2012

M23 rebels withdraw from the eastern Congo in december 2012

Ghosts of the genocide remain potent obstacle to peace

IHULA, Congo — Gervain Ndayizeye is too young to remember Rwanda’s genocide, but 20 years later he’s filled with the hatred it unleashed.

Last year, an ethnic militia linked to Tutsi rebels hacked to death his ethnic Hutu parents, two younger brothers and sister with machetes. That pushed Ndayizeye to join the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, the Rwandan Hutu militia known by its French acronym FDLR, whose founding leaders helped spearhead the genocide.

Over the past few months, driven by a thirst for revenge, Ndayizeye has learned to wield a Kalashnikov rifle and other weapons. He’s also learned to despise Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, a Tutsi.

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Funerals near the Rwandan Hutu refugee camp of Kibumba in August 1994 by Jean Claude Coutausse

Funerals near the Rwandan Hutu refugee camp of Kibumba in August 1994 by Jean Claude Coutausse

Plucking tea on the Kitabe tea estate, Rwanda by Tim Smith.

Plucking tea on the Kitabe tea estate, Rwanda by Tim Smith.

Bambu refugees camp, North Kivu by Frédéric Sautereau

Bambu refugees camp, North Kivu by Frédéric Sautereau

A brave man under attack

SOME of the surprise in the news that Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga Park, had been shot and wounded in eastern Congo was that it had not happened sooner. The Belgian-born head of the spectacular reserve, home—some reckon—to 80% of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, has been doing arguably the most dangerous job in conservation since 2008.

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Rwandan Hutu refugee camp of Kibumba in August 1994, Zaire par Jean Claude Coutausse.

Rwandan Hutu refugee camp of Kibumba in August 1994, Zaire par Jean Claude Coutausse.

Close to Catwe camp in North Kivu by Frédéric Sautereau

Close to Catwe camp in North Kivu by Frédéric Sautereau

Congolese soldiers return from the front line at Kibumba, nov 2013

Congolese soldiers return from the front line at Kibumba, nov 2013

Pakistani peacekeeper from MONUSCO patrolling at night in a busy street of Uvira, South Kivu

Pakistani peacekeeper from MONUSCO patrolling at night in a busy street of Uvira, South Kivu

Congolese awaiting the arrival of a high-level delegation of political, military and United Nations officials in the village of Itebero.

Congolese awaiting the arrival of a high-level delegation of political, military and United Nations officials in the village of Itebero.

Congo | Before the Fall - The last days of a rebel force in eastern Congo

IN THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2013, I travelled into the province of North Kivu, on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to territories held by the military outfit known as the M23. The group, formed in March 2012, had been in open rebellion against the Congolese government since April 2012, but surrendered to the bloody offensive of the Congolese military in partnership with the United Nations peacekeeping force MONUSCO (the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in November 2013. In December, the government and the M23 signed a peace agreement, officially marking the end of the rebellion.
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