Guest blog: Les dynamiques conflictuelles entre pêcheurs et polices maritimes sur le Lac Kivu

Cohésion ou tension ? Les dynamiques conflictuelles entre pêcheurs et polices maritimes sur le Lac Kivu Josaphat Musamba Bussy   A quel état appartient le Lac Kivu effectivement ? Depuis quelques années, les pêcheurs de  la ville de Bukavu, le centre de Birava, de Ishungu assistent impuissants à des actes d’arrestation, des cas d’expropriation des filets, d’interdiction … Continue reading

Guest blog: La CNPSC depuis l’assaut sur Uvira

Décryptage de la situation après la tentative d’assaut sur Uvira : quid de la CNPSC au Sud-Kivu? Oscar Dunia Abedi, chercheur indépendant   La Coalition nationale du peuple pour la souveraineté du Congo (CNPSC) est un mouvement initialement fondé en 2013 et resurgi depuis mi-2016 après une existence dormante pendant plusieurs années, sous le commandement de … Continue reading

12 March 2017 – the murder of Zaida and Michael

On 12 March 2017 – one year ago ago – two members of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) disappeared in the country’s Kasai region while they were investigating an insurrection against the Congolese government known as Kamuina Nsapu. On a mission to investigate potential sanctions violations, which has … Continue reading

Unearthing the flaws in the Board of Inquiry report on the murder of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan

(For a PDF version of the below text, click here) In sequence to the violent upsurge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kasai region since late 2016, the UN Security Council-mandated Group of Experts on the DRC (GoE) began investigating violations of International Humanitarian Law in the concerned region. During their field investigations, … Continue reading

MONUSCO mourns most deadly attack in recent peacekeeping history

Much of yesterday night’s event around MONUSCO’s military base near Semuliki river remain subject to a much deeper analysis that should be carried out quickly. However, the few things that we seem to know at this point paint a daunting picture of what is the most deadly attack on UN peacekeeping in the Congo. This attack … Continue reading

New mapping & biographies of armed groups in eastern Congo

Two years past our last mapping, the newly established Kivu Security Tracker launches. It will host the most recent armed group mapping for eastern Congo, dated October 2017, and following previous exercises by suluhu throughout the past four years. This time, thanks to network built around the Kivu Security Tracker project, the mapping will feature … Continue reading

Putting the Kamanyola killings into perspective

(screenshot of Kamanyola area, Google Maps with amendments) On 15 September 2017 in the afternoon, the Congolese border town Kamanyola witnessed the deadliest killing spree that has occured in South Kivu’s Ruzizi Plains since 2014’s Mutarule carnage. At least 36 Burundian refugees and two Congolese (a soldier and a policeman) were killed in what seemed … Continue reading

Taking Uvira? The remarkable tenacity of the CNPSC coalition

Taking Uvira? The remarkable tenacity of the CNPSC coalition (Guest blog by Judith Verweijen. Pictures: PARC-FAAL meeting in Misisi on 30 June 2017) On 27 September, Mai-Mai forces composing the National People’s Coalition for the Sovereignty of the Congo (CNPSC), meanwhile also known as ‘l’Alliance de l’Article 64’ (‘AA.64’, in reference to Article 64 of … Continue reading

New Suluhu working paper: “plus ça change…”

After some reshuffles at the Suluhu crew – Ben Radley recently joined as the managing editor for the Suluhu working papers – we are now able to run our second publication. After Babwine’s and Ruvunangiza’s paper on mining cooperatives in the Kivus, we now feature Thomas Salter and Gregory Mthembu-Salter with a riposte on an … Continue reading

At the crossroads? The scission of FDLR

What has for long been a fragile cohabitation full of tension inside FDLR finally seems to have reached an ultimate breaking point. Congruent reports suggest the breakaway of a substantial part of a group that hitherto maintained its position as the single most important non-state armed movement in eastern Congo. What do we know about … Continue reading