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

“Tatort Kongo – Prozess in Deutschland”, or a history of the FDLR

Below is a guest feature on the new FDLR book by Johnson, Schlindwein & Schmolze: “Tatort Kongo – Prozess in Deutschland”, or a history of the FDLR Usually, starting with the worst point is not how one would begin a review – but this great book so far only exists in a German version, and it … Continue reading

Main takeaways of the new Group of Experts report

This year’s final report of the UN group of expert monitoring the Democratic Republic of the Congo has just been released As in previous years, it contains a lot of important and relevant information on current developments in the country. In terms of armed groups, FDLR and ADF are under increased scrutiny like in previous years, … Continue reading

Courts and technocrats in Congo?

Over the last few weeks, Congo’s embattled political arena has seen a gradual shift of issues outside the playgrounds of pre-electoral competition and into the – in parts more shadowy – world of legal and technocratic procedures. On May 11, the Constitutional Court of the DRC expressed its verdict over the question whether or not … Continue reading

Mujyambere’s arrest & the politics of tackling FDLR

Early last week, the chief of staff of the FDLR’s main military wing, FOCA, Brig.-Gen. Leopold Mujyambere (also known under the following aliases: Petrus, Achille, Musenyeri) was arrested when he was allegedly on his way back from Zambia into the thick forests of Northern Masisi – where many of the militia’s key leaders and troops … Continue reading