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DR Congo plane crash kills at least 24 people

At least 24 people have been killed in a plane crash on Sunday in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There are fears the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue to recover bodies. Those killed include residents on the ground, according to Congolese officials. Local media reported that the small aircraft went down in the Mapendo neighbourhood after “missing” its take-off from the city’s airport. The Dornier-228 twin-turboprop aircraft is owned by private carrier Busy Bee. It crashed about a minute after take-off, a source at Goma…

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UN Great Lakes Envoy to Address Rwanda Role in DRC Crisis

U.N. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region Mary Robinson (R) flanked by U.N. special envoy to Congo Martin Kobler (L) address a news conference at the MONUSCO offices in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Sept. 2, 2013.     GOMA, DRC — The United Nations envoy to the Great Lakes region says she will be direct with Kigali about evidence of Rwandan support for the M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Mary Robinson also hopes the recent military advances against the rebels will create a window…

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North Kivu: Rwandan troops reported to Nyiragongo occupied by M23

 Soldiers of the Rwandan army (Rwanda Defense Force) entered the DRC Wednesday, December 12, through two border crossings and Kasizi Kanyanja, north of Goma, Nyiragongo territory (North Kivu). This territory is currently occupied by the M23 rebels. The inhabitants of this entity expressed concern over the presence of Rwandan army in their territory. According to local sources, the Rwandans were first noticed Tuesday, December 11th in the morning. They would come in a dozen trucks with ammunition and other effects of war from the border crossing Kasizi in Kibumba group,…

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Lie: An order from President Kagame of Rwanda

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW

Ntanganda(left) Kagame(right)Rwandan National Congress (RNC) Speaks on Rwanda’s issues in the CongoThe last few weeks have seen the Central Africa region, particularly the Congo and Rwanda; face many dualities of challenges; from the sentencing of warlords at the ICC to new rebel groups surfacing in the Congo. A central player in all of this has, once again, emerged as Rwanda and the Kagame Regime. For many years President Kagame has been pulling strings and controlling the lives of millions in the Congo through private political deals and troops continuing to brutally take resources from the Congolese. In a surprising move, On Friday June 1, 2012 many Congo MP’s walked out of closed door meeting stating that secret dealings with Rwanda be debated in public,

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