The Democratic Republic of Congo
06-14-2006, 12:34 PM
The Democratic Republic of Congo
The last paragraph is the most crucial to me...1000 people dying per day. If this is true...why isn't this being mentioned in the media? Why is there a huge rally for Darfur, but not even so much as an article in the Post about this...?
Nationalist anger spills over as Congo polls near By David Lewis
2 hours, 3 minutes ago
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Tires were burning on Kinshasa's main boulevard, tear gas hung in the air and the whole angry mob was screaming at once.
But one voice eventually rose above the rest: "The Belgians and the rest of their European friends will have to watch out," shouted Jean Bosco Muaka.
"This place is no longer their colony and, if they aren't careful, we may have to burn a few of them," the lawyer and parliamentary candidate added as some fellow protestors ran their fingers across their necks in a menacing gesture.
Just weeks ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo's first free elections in 40 years, visiting U.N. Security Council delegates this week told politicians to tone down election rhetoric and avoid inflaming ethnic tensions.
But Monday's protests, called by opposition parties unhappy with preparations for the July 30 polls which are meant to draw a line under years of war and chaos, demonstrated mounting hostility to foreign involvement in Congo.
"There is a clear 'anti-international community' sentiment growing out there," a U.N. official told Reuters.
"They see us as having already decided who will be elected," said the official, who asked not to be named. "They are totally frustrated with the process and could start taking it out on soft targets, which is worrying."
The international community spends $1 billion a year on a 17,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo.
Foreign investors who steered clear of Congo during years of war and dictatorship have signed multi-million dollar mining deals with President Joseph Kabila's fractious government.
But life for most in Kinshasa, home to some 8-9 million people on the Congo River's bank, remains miserable.
"You like Kabila and are setting up a dictatorship here," shouted a sweating protestor wearing a red bandana.
"But the Congolese people will resist. Congo is for the Congolese, not the foreigners," he added.
Campaigning for Congo's elections has not officially begun, but the debating has -- and concerns emerged when candidates, including several presidential hopefuls, turned to questioning the nationalities of rivals rather than discussing policies.
"The speeches about 'Congolite' (Congolese-ness), which call for exclusion are dangerous. These elections should bring together and not divide" said Jean Marc de la Sabliere, France's ambassador to the U.N. and head of the U.N. delegation.
Diplomats and analysts warn lessons should be learned from Ivory Coast and Rwanda, where divisions over ethnicity and nationality were fueled by hate media and led to violence.
Others, however, say while it is worrying it is unsurprising politicians are focusing on such issues ahead of elections.
"I'm not sure we will fall into the same paranoia as in Cote d'Ivoire," Celestin Kabuya, professor of sociology at the University of Kinshasa, told Reuters.
"But the main concern is how the communities of the east can live together," he added. "There have already been two wars that have erupted out of this."
Militia violence in Congo's east kills 1,000 people a day, mostly from war-related hunger and disease, aid workers say. Some 4 million have died since the 1998-2003 began.
06-14-2006, 01:52 PM
Re: The Democratic Republic of Congo
here's what scares me...
Quote:Foreign investors who steered clear of Congo during years of war and dictatorship have signed multi-million dollar mining deals with President Joseph Kabila's fractious government.
while this statement below makes me both happy and concerned at the same time. happy because i understand and have the same spirit. concerned because i know more death is on the horizon:
Quote:"But the Congolese people will resist. Congo is for the Congolese, not the foreigners," he added.
10-23-2006, 10:00 AM
Repatriation to Rwanda from DRC
The New Times (Kigali)
October 22, 2006
Posted to the web October 23, 2006
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) last week, repatriated over 66 Rwandan refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Jean de Dieu Gashugi, the Acting Immigration officer at Rusizi 1 border, acknowledged to the New Times the repatriation of Rwandans who have been living in Congo but said that its part of the government's programme to receive all Rwandans back home.
"We received and registered 66 Rwandan refugees from DR-Congo with 41 children, 23 women and two men. We welcome them back home and hope that their coming will strengthen the impressive reconstruction programme in the country, " Gashugi said.
Gashugi also revealed that the repatriated refugees were brought from different refugee camps and different zones of DR Congo like; Buvila, Fizi and Kalehe zones in the southern Kivu province while others were repatriated from Masisi zone in the northern Kivu province.
Gashugi further pointed out that the returnees were taken to Nyagatare Transit camp in Gihundwe sector, Rusizi district where they are currently resettled temporarily from where they will be taken to their respective families.
Some of the returnees also who spoke to The New Times expressed gratitude to the UNHCH, DR Congo and the Rwandan government for their cooperation that enabled their return.
"I'm very happy today because am once again in my own country and i am going to forget all the mistreatments and harassments we have been suffering in the DR Congo" said Marie Mukarugamba who came with her two children.
Another returnee, Deforoza Uwizerimana said, "i am also so happy to come back to my motherland because I left my husband and children in the country in 1994 Genocide and now I have started gaining hope of meeting them once again if they are still alive"
The Gashugi also revealed that all those returnees who were repatriated are refugees who left the country during the 1994 Genocide.
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