Central Africa: To Press for Peace in Kivus, Donors Should Hold Aid, Report Says | allAfrica

By Jim Lobe

Washington — Major donors to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should withhold aid to both governments until they comply with prior agreements to pacify the DRC’s mineral-rich Kivu provinces, states a new report released Thursday by the International Crisis Group.

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Viol en temps de guerre et Ténèbres au paradis...
Londres accueille en ce moment un sommet “sans précédent” sur le viol en temps de guerre… En République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), la violence sexuelle est l'une des formes majeures de violence de guerre.

Dans son livre Ténèbres au paradis, Titouan Lamazou raconte en photographies et en peinture cette RDC où il a séjourné à plusieurs reprises entre l'an 2000 et 2011.

Titouan Lamazou décrit comment, à l'est de ce Congo, il a pris conscience du “phénomène viol-arme de guerre” Il rapporte le témoignage vibrant de femmes résilientes, ces Africaines des Grands Lacs, et interroge l'origine et les causes de la violence écrasant leur peuple .
L'artiste invite aussi dans ces pages des chercheurs spécialisé et acteurs engagés chargés de “nous éclairer sur l'apparente complexité géopolitique qui régente cette région sinistrée des Grands Lacs depuis tant d'années.”

À lire ou à relire : le témoignage de Cathy, avocate activiste à Butembo, Nord Kivu, et les lignes de Maria Eriksson Baaz (chercheuse au Nordic Africa Institute) :
L'inexplicable brutalité de la guerre dans la capital du viol ou de l'ambiguité des représentations de la violence sexuelle au Congo.

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I was going to write about everything we’ve been doing, but the idea of that stressed me out, so I’m just going to write about my feelings. Prepare yourself.

Initial feeling: Stress.

I don’t do too well with, well…anything. New things combined with communication barriers stress me the heck out. Plus, I’ve been having weird dreams, and those can really put me into unhealthy moods. (Note to Mom & Dad: Is Beandip (my cat) ok? I had a dream where she disappeared. Also, are there monsters trying to kill you? Same dream.)

Next feeling: Discomfort.

The hardest part was definitely getting a host family. Living with strangers certainly creates an element of isolation from the comfortable. I was particularly worried before I even met my host family, because I was told they were conservative and might judge me based simply on the fact that I have a nose ring. I had a nice, long panic attack about that, only to find out that I had been switched to another family. Crisis averted.

Still, the discomfort lingers, as it does when you’re a young, dumb, angsty, anxiety-ridden teen. I wouldn’t say that I’ve really found my comfort yet, but I’m ok with that, which leads me to my next point…

Final feeling (for now): Acceptance.

I’m doing well with discomfort. I’ve found that I don’t need to be fully confident in my footing right now to stand tall. Weird.


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Burundi: Rwanda accused of training Burundian rebels, UN experts claim

A leaked memo to the United Nations Security Council has become the most compelling testimony yet that Rwanda is meddling in Burundi’s affairs, accusing Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Up to 900 people are reported to have been killed since April after Nkurunziza announced a controversial decision to run for a third term, which he won in contested elections in July 2015. Scores of bodies are reportedly still being found in the streets, in tit-for-tat violence pitting pro-Nkurunziza forces and insurgents, in a region where memories of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide are still strong.

The confidential report by experts who monitor sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) contained accounts from 18 Burundian rebel fighters in eastern DRC’s South Kivu province, who told them the training was done in a forest camp in Rwanda, according to Reuters.

“They all told the group that they had been recruited in the Mahama Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda in May and June 2015 and were given two months of military training by instructors, who included Rwandan military personnel,” according to the report.

Resounding allegations of Rwandan link

These claims echo those of advocacy organisation, Refugee International, which in mid-December alleged that adults and children were being trained in Rwanda before travelling to DRC, from which they were expected to proceed to Burundi’s capital Bujumbura’s Gare du Nord bus station.

At the time, international officials said they had testimonies instructors were seen wearing military uniforms – some allegedly bearing Rwandan flag patches – and spoke both Kirundi (an official language of Burundi) and Kinyarwanda (the official language of Rwanda).

In August, IBTimes UK was already reporting the recruitment of young Burundians in refugee camps in Rwanda, after meeting Justin Girukwigomba, a 24-year-old who was brainwashed by rebel leaders within the vicinity of a refugee camp near Gashora, in Rwanda’s Bugesera District.

Heavy-weapons training

The UN experts, meanwhile, cited Burundian fighters, including six children, who told them they “were transported around Rwanda in the back of military trucks, often with Rwandan military escort (…) They reported that their ultimate goal was to remove Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza from power.”

The combatants, who revealed there were at least four companies of 100 recruits each being trained in a forest camp while they were there, said they were trained in military tactics, use of assault rifles and machine guns, grenades, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

“The Burundian combatants showed the group fake DRC identification cards that had been produced for them in Rwanda, so they could avoid suspicion while in the DRC,” the report said.

Rwanda denies meddling claims

Rwandan UN Ambassador Eugene Gasana rejected the allegations against Kigali contained in the report. “This further undermines the credibility of the Group of Experts, which seems to have extended its own mandate, but apparently investigating Burundi,” he told Reuters.

In December, Burundi accused Rwanda of supporting a rebel group that was recruiting Burundian refugees on Rwandan soil, but Rwandan President Paul Kagame dismissed the claims as “childish”.

During the UN Security Council’s second visit to Burundi in less than 10 months in January, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said the 15-member council had expressed concern about the allegations of external interference.

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Back in D.C., we collaborated with Bread for the World and got to speak to government officials or their assistants (usually the assistants) about child hunger. That was terrifying, but really good, I guess. I did some things by myself (navigation around D.C. and having actual conversations with important people about important things) that I wouldn’t have been able to do a year ago.

Sure, I still had a horrible panic attack before my first meeting (which was supposed to be a one-on-one with Hank Johnson himself ((the guy who said he was concerned that Guam would capsize, which made me concerned that I’d accidentally bring it up in the meeting)) but ended up just being with an assistant), but hey, I still did it.

During the second half of the last full day in D.C., we got to explore some.

I got to see my very favorite painting by my very favorite artist:

Andrew Wyeth’s Wind from the Sea

Pretty freaking sweet.

Here’s that one guy:

Here’s a cool pathway:

To get to the airport (y’know, the one that had a plane that would take us to Rwanda ((but Ethiopia, first, for a short layover))), we took some public transit, and the ceiling where we were waiting looked pretty dope:

I think I need to make a separate post (or two) for Rwanda so far, so here’s an abrupt ending to the D.C. blog.


It keeps getting better

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Either that, or I just had a really good day today. Recently, I’ve had a different perspective of my current situation. I think i’m a bit more grateful than I was maybe last week. I’m pretty sure i’ve been homesick, culture shocked, and lonely blah blah blah all that jazz. But recently, I’ll be riding a moto to work and I look around me and i think, “I’m in Africa…” I have never been to africa before. What I’m currently seeing is amazing. This is an entirely new culture i’m experiencing and it’s amazing! Yesterday, Monday the 1st was Heroes Day, a day to remember the heroes who tried to stop genocide and also the military heroes and everything cool. That’s awesome. This is Africa.

Today! Today was very exciting, I think it was also because I had coffee like 4 seperate times today. But TODAY! We went to the market and we got DRESSES MADE FOR US!!! I’M SO EXCITED! I WAS IN MY ELEMEMNT!! So many fabrics! So many options! Other girls had trouble deciding what fabrics they wanted, but I just went with my gut fashion instinct. I want to go back to that market and have pants made maybe, and have dresses for my sisters made! I’m very excited to see how they turn out.

ALSO, We visited Lake Kivu! It was beautiful!! The weekend was pretty uneventful, probably because we just relaxed all weekend and probably because we only stayed one night. But it was very fun. I’ll post pictures soon : )

I’m really enjoying my time here now. I think i’m over the culture shock thing and I’m loving this whole new world <3

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CHAN 2016 : Florent Ibenge parle des Joueurs indisponibles (vidéo)

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CHAN 2016 : Florent Ibenge parle des Joueurs indisponibles (vidéo)

Le sélectionneur des Léopards a entamé avec son groupe la préparation à la finale du CHAN 2016. La RDC affrontera ce dimanche le Mali sous les coups de 18h30 (17h30 Kinshasa) au Stadium Amahuro de Kigali. Le groupe de Florent Ibenge affichera presque complet pour ce dimanche. Deux joueurs ne prendront pas part à ce challenge en vue d’un deuxième titre dans cette compétition : Héritier Luvumbu, blessé et Padou Bompunga qui a cumulé deux cartons jaunes.

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