Amani Itakuya #14: Est de la RDC, ces guerres…au nom des Tutsis!?

Est de la RDC, ces guerres…au nom des Tutsis!? Jean-Mobert N’Senga   1996 : la guerre qui allait emporter le régime trentenaire de Mobutu éclate, quelque part au Sud-Kivu. En première ligne se trouvent les Banyamulenge – ces Tutsis Congolais vivant principalement sur les plateaux de Mulenge au Sud-Kivu et dont la citoyenneté zaïroise était déniée … Continue reading

Geen M23 meer. Het einde van een tijdperk? En wat nu?

(This is a – partly free – translation of No More M23. The end of an era? What’s next? that first appeared at Nadat de eerste geruchten de val van Runyoni en Cyanzu door de FARDC (met behulp van de VN) aankondigden, vluchtten gisterochtend 5 november de overblijvende M23-rebellen weg uit hun posities. De hogere … Continue reading

Amani Itakuya #13: How can peace be achieved in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

How can peace be achieved in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Richard Kapend What started as a spill over of the 1994 Rwandan genocide into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, then Zaïre) has developed into a complex armed conflict involving many factors and actors; some enforcing one another and some incapacitating … Continue reading

Amani Itakuya #12: La consolidation de la paix dans un contexte fragile

La consolidation de la paix dans un contexte fragile Bulambo Mulonda   L’insécurité grandissante qui sévit à l’Est de la RD Congo serait le résultat d’une sous gouvernance et de l’absence de l’autorité de l’Etat dans certains recoins et régions surtout enclavés où les infrastructures communautaires de base sont quasi inexistantes et aussi la présence … Continue reading

Big Victory as M23 surrenders, but not an End to Congo’s Travails

This analysis was first published on the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory at:   This week, almost a year after the March 23 movement (M23) briefly occupied Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a series of joint operations between the Congolese army and the UN peacekeeping mission’s intervention brigade finally led to adecisive victory over the rebel … Continue reading

The surrender of Sultani Makenga [a vague sketch]

As current affairs continue to move at fast pace, the ongoing Amani Itakuya series on peacebuilding again needs to be disrupted – following one of my favourite slogans: Kwa kujenga amani, inabidii kusikia vita (To build peace, one must understand war). Throughout the day (November 7), newswires and analysts have outdone themselves with reports on … Continue reading

Amani Itakuya #11: Trauma, Reconciliation, and the Possibility of Peace in Eastern Congo

Trauma, Reconciliation, and the Possibility of Peace in Eastern Congo Rachel Niehuus   We were sitting at a coffee shop in Goma. We had been discussing Swahili colloquialisms that I was planning on using in my upcoming interviews. As I was getting ready to leave, I invoked a Swahili valediction often used in eastern Congo … Continue reading

Final Usalama Report on Armed Groups in Congo

(Photo © Rift Valley Institute) Today, the Rift Valley Institute’s Usalama Project on understanding armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, published its final report, an overview on armed groups, insecurity, the army, mobilisation, DDR, and other concomitant issues prevailing in the largely instable areas around the two Kivu provinces. Written by Jason Stearns, … Continue reading

No more M23. The end of an era? And what’s next?

Few hours after the first rumours (initial public source seems to have been North Kivu governor Julien Paluku) announced the capture of Runyoni and Cyanzu by UN-backed FARDC troops (Mbuzi, the third hill under M23 control during the last week has been taken some 24-48 hours before). On November 5 early in the morning, the … Continue reading

Amani Itakuya #10: Time to Bridge the Gap

Time to Bridge the Gap Carol Jean Gallo   I’m on a different mission than the team I traveled with. So today, while they venture to some village an hour or two outside the New-York-like buzz of Uvira’s main drag, I’m staying behind in the city centre to write. It’s about 1 or 2 in … Continue reading