Regional unrest

Jul 12 2012

Those of you who have been keeping an eye on the news wire at the bottom of this page will be aware of the unrest brewing across Rwanda's border in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). For some time now, the eastern region of DRC has effectively been controlled by local warlords and their militias rather than by the government in Kinshasa. A recent attack by the Congolese government against one of these groups, cryptically known as M23, has caused a migration of people into Uganda and Rwanda.

Crucially for Rwanda, M23 is one of a number of groups who effectively act as a buffer between the country and other groups in DRC which are hostile to the Kigali government. We are hearing that tensions in the Rwandan capital are rising.

A brief history of the relationships between DRC and Rwanda has been written by Andrew Mwenda, editor of the Independent of Uganda newspaper and can be found here.