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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In Somalia, nine local journalists were murdered or killed in combat situations. Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists writes about the deteriorating situation for journalists in Somalia and explains why this figure is especially startling considering that sub-Saharan Africa has historically had one of the lowest journalist murder rates.
A new 183-page report by Human Rights Watch faults the U.N.'s largest and most expensive peacekeeping operation for supporting the Congolese Army's murderous tactics. The report calls for the embattled U.N. mission -- whose mandate is set to expire in two weeks -- to cease backing the Congolese military, which is accused of serious human rights violations.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country with vast natural resources that for years has been plagued by civil war and sexual violence. Severinne Autesserre of Barnard College discuss how the country's government and people will respond to Clinton's message.
The catastrophe in Congo has received relatively scant international media coverage, writes Worldfocus contributor Tom Rhodes, and violence continues unabated. Admittedly, it is costly for foreign media bureaus, but there is another reason for the lack of western media coverage: censorship.
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.
Several years after the International Criminal Court was established to prosecute serious war crimes, it is now holding its first trial. Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga is accused of recruiting child soldiers.
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.