“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fighting Intensifies In Congo

The road that leads into rebel-controlled Congo begins with a makeshift roadblock made from the corpses of two government soldiers strewn across the dark volcanic earth.
The scene was meant as a warning to government troops just a few hundred yards down the road whom the rebels had battled the night before.

   The bodies of two goverment soldiers killed in fighting during the night is seen in the road on the front line, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 near Kibati, just north of Goma, in eastern Congo. Photo by Karel Prinsloo
                                                                  

Fighting and bloodshed have intensified in the Congo region sparking fears of another all out war. Worries that Angola will send troops is fueling fears that the conflict will engulf the region. Years of sporadic violence in eastern Congo intensified in August, and fighting between the army and fighters loyal to rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has displaced at least 250,000 people since then — despite the presence of the largest U.N. peacekeeping force in the world.

Displaced Congolese people who sought refuge at the Rugari MONUC base for the night are seen aboard a minibus as they attempt to cross the front line to reach Goma, in Rugari, 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Goma, eastern Congo, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. Photo by Jerome Delay
                                                                   
The overt entry of Angolans into the conflict could draw in Rwanda, which Congo has already accused of sending troops to support Nkunda.

  A displaced woman carries her baby and a 50 kilogram bag of flour at a Red Cross food distribution point, Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Kibati in eastern Congo. Photo by  Karel Prinsloo
                                                          

5 comments:

A. said...

And so the numbers of refugees are swelling again. I read the other day that the conditions are so bad in the camps that some people are going home again in spite of the dangers. And also that increasingly children are being kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers. Such a nightmare.

eve cleveland said...

Ettarose..
I want to be like you when I get my soul back from that dude..
Love you!
Eve

eve cleveland said...

Ettarose..
I want to be like you when I get my soul back from that dude..
Love you!
Eve

ettarose said...

a. The world is in so much trouble right now. The violence is increasing everywhere and I wonder where it will end. Not only are the children being kidnapped to become soldiers but the little girls and women are being used in other ways. Now cholera. So sad.

Eve, you are very sweet. This sort of thing makes me hurt inside. Thank you for visiting. You can help by spreading the word. We can be funny and serious too.

screaming-at-the-tv said...

Ettarose, over 250,000 displaced peoples at this point. The rebel forces have taken Rwindi as of today. Rebels vow to "silence" the government with their own version of a "ceasefire". Life is not good in the Congo right now, people flee with nowhere to go to and ultimately become victims of the carnage.

Thank you for being a voice.

Peace

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