Michael J. Kavanagh of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting just returned from the battlegrounds of eastern Congo. He speaks with speaks with Martin Savidge about the roots of the ongoing conflict, the rebel demands and the worsening humanitarian crisis.
Yesterday, rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda called for a cease-fire and a day of relative calm hung over Congo. Today, Nkunda called for direct negotiations with the Congolese government.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by violence, UN peacekeepers admit they are overstretched and the Congolese army has fled from the rebels, abandoning civilians and UN forces.
See more of our ongoing coverage, including a previous interview with Michael, here.
Michael will answer viewer questions about his experience in the Congo and the country’s deteriorating situation.
Michael answered viewers’ questions on Congo here: Q&A: History, rebels and crisis in eastern Congo.