Congo: Preparing For The Final Battle


: Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)

November 11, 2007: Aid operations were halted in some areas because local civilians became violent when they were refused aid supplies. In this case most of the locals were the families of soldiers, and thus believed they were entitled to the supplies. Locals are often upset that refugees get all these goodies from foreigners, and the locals do not. At other times, refugees get violent because they have not received aid supplies as quickly as they desired. Several dozen peacekeepers, police and soldiers were injured dealing with the unrest.

November 10, 2007: UN and army troops are assembling in the east, to make a final move against some 5,000 Rwandan Hutu militias, and Congolese rebel Nkunda's 1,200 fighters.

November 9, 2007: Soldiers and rebels from the Nkunda force, exchanged fire, as the army prepared to shut down Nkunda once and for all.

November 6, 2007: In the northeast, the last three tribal warlords surrendered, ending the eleven years of tribal warfare that have left over 50,000 dead. The tribal conflict between the Lendu and Hema tribes broke out as a side-effect of the civil war, and acquired a life of its own.

October 31, 2007: In eastern Congo, most of the Mai-Mai militiamen have surrendered. But Laurent Nkunda's Tutsi gunmen still roam the area.


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