Worldfocus contributor Michael J. Kavanagh is based in the DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa. In this Q&A, he explains the controversy surrounding the United Nations peacekeeping mission, rebel integration into Congolese Army ranks and the economic viability of this resource-rich, war-torn country.
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Worldfocus contributor Michael J. Kavanagh is based in Kinshasa, DR Congo. He gives Daljit Dhaliwal an update on the civil war that continues to cripple the country. He says the security situation is the worst he has seen in a decade -- since the start of the Second Congo War.
Worldfocus presents the year's highlights from our online "Perspectives" section, which features the work of regular contributors to the broadcast and website. Read their most compelling personal accounts and commentary from 2009, touching on subjects ranging from the seemingly-endless war in eastern Congo to pop culture in North Korea.
The United Nations has said joint efforts between Rwanda and Congo represent real hope in a war that has raged for more than a decade. But since late January, Human Rights Watch cites continued insecurity, reporting that over 180 civilians have been killed and at least 90 women and girls have been raped.
Correspondent Michael J. Kavanagh returned to eastern Congo last month and found Pascal and Vestine. We interviewed the Bumbaris last year, and since, they've fled for a third time and are now in a new refugee camp.
Correspondent Michael J. Kavanagh returned to eastern Congo last month to try to understand the conflicting news coming out of the region. He reports on what he saw in Congo's most remote areas: Victims of attempted massacres and kidnappings, sex slaves and torture victims.
Congolese rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda has been arrested in Rwanda, a country that had been accused of supporting him. A Worldfocus contributing blogger discusses why Nkunda has lost the support of Rwanda's leaders.
The Congolese government has allowed at least 2,000 Rwandan troops into the Democratic Republic of Congo, though the two countries have a history of tense relations. The increased military presence has led to fears of more violence.