Aug 31, 2010

Genocide in DRC?

If you follow African news closely, you’ve probably heard about the UN report that offers ‘new’ insight into the dealings of the Rwandan army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire). This is a hot topic because there have been long standing allegations about the extermination of Hutu refugees who fled into the Congo from Rwanda and Burundi, as well as Congolese Hutus by Paul Kagame’s army and other Tutsi rebel groups.

This largely vindicates the survivors, aid workers, and others whose stories primarily fell on deaf ears until now. It also opens a new chapter in the public discussion as to what really happened to bring about ‘peace’ in Rwanda, and how the current upheavals in the Congo are interlinked with the events that started unfolding in 1994 and a little before.

I would recommend you read the following posts for summaries and insights on the report from people who have worked in the Great Lakes area and are very familiar with the topic at hand.

Jason Stearns at Congo Siasa,
Laura Seay at Texas in Africa
Howard French’s article for the New York Times.
You can also find a copy of the leaked report at Genocidewatch.org.

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