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January 21, 2009
Thousands of Rwandan troops enter DR Congo

Congolese civilians have endured fighting for more than a decade. Photo: Michael Kavanagh

The Congolese government has allowed at least 2,000 Rwandan troops into the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a joint effort to hunt down Hutu rebels, though the two countries have a history of tense relations. The increased military presence has led to fears of more violence.

The Congolese government says its invitation to the enemy extends only to “observation,” and that the Rwandan forces will not actually be fighting rebel members of the Forces Démocratique pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), who played a role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

Read more about Congo’s relationship with Rwanda and the rebels involved in our Q&A: History, rebels and crisis in eastern Congo.

Emmanuel de Merode, the chief warden at Virunga National Park in Congo, writes that Rwandan soldiers are “hanging out” with the Congolese army like “best buddies.”

The “Hearts of Diamonds” blog writes that Congo’s invitation to Rwanda represents a bizarre reversal of position, one that may negatively impact civilians.

The “Wronging Rights” blog writes that although past Rwandan involvement in Congo has proved damaging, Rwanda’s honesty about their troop presence in DR Congo is a step in the right direction.

The “Friends of the Congo” blog disagrees and writes that militarization is not the answer.

The “Colored Opinions” blog also criticizes the Rwandan military presence, and discusses the U.S. role in the region.

Blogger “Patrick Lynch” in Congo writes about reports that soldiers are entering homes looking for Tutsis and questioning any that are found.

See more of our coverage of the crisis in Congo.

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That report came from friends in Lubumbashi working with MSF.

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