Great Lakes Africa

Here is my Tumblr about one of the most turbulent regions of the world. Some news and beautiful pictures are expected on it. Stay tuned.
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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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Women and children are the first victims of Kivu’s troubles by Frédéric Sautereau

Women and children are the first victims of Kivu’s troubles by Frédéric Sautereau

Congolese soldiers rested behind the front lines, north of Goma, Nov 2013

Congolese soldiers rested behind the front lines, north of Goma, Nov 2013

People ride with their belongings on a wooden bicycle near Goma as they flee renewed fighting between the Congolese army and rebels in eastern Congo, summer 2013

People ride with their belongings on a wooden bicycle near Goma as they flee renewed fighting between the Congolese army and rebels in eastern Congo, summer 2013

Uganda captures LRA rebels

Uganda troops have captured 19 Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in Central African Republic (CAR), the African Union said, a sizeable victory in the hunt for the elusive rebel group.

The Ugandan army is leading a US-backed African Union force tasked with capturing the LRA’s leaders, several of whom are wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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