Children at risk in the hands of the FDLR in eastern of Democratic Republic of the Congo

By: Joseph H. Cavallaro- Vision GRAM-International     May 26, 2015 – In recent weeks, several hundred Congolese children have escaped from armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though the freeing of children from armed groups is always a cause for celebration, there are still an estimated 30,000 children fighting with armed groups in the DR Congo. The… Read More

Democratic Republic Congo Must Guarantee ‘Space’ for Opposition Ahead of Vote: UN

KINSHASA:  The United Nations on Sunday called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect its citizens’ civil liberties as the political climate has turned tense ahead of key elections next year. “Political space must be guaranteed, space for the opposition, space for civil society, for the defenders of human rights,” Martin Kobler, head of the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO in… Read More


Today, 8 January 2015, is another landmark date in the continuing tragic story of Rwanda and the Great Lakes region. The President of the UN Security Council has just issued a statement declaring war against the FDRL. This comes after U.S Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Russ Feingold, sounded the trumpet call on 30 December 2014. The coercive will… Read More

U.N., Congo attack Burundi rebels ahead of drive against Rwandan FDLR

United Nations and Congolese troops launched strikes on Monday against remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the rugged borderlands of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. military spokesman said. The strikes targeted the National Liberation Forces (FNL), but a U.N. diplomat said they were mainly aimed at clearing the way for an offensive against another group, Democratic Forces… Read More

DRC: President of FDLR confirms that renounces armed struggle

President Victor Byiringiro have FDLR The acting president of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), General Victor Byiringiro confirms that his men have laid down their arms since December 30, 2013. This statement Rwandan Hutu rebels, some of whom are accused by Kigali of being former genocidal raises some suspicion both on the side of Rwanda and… Read More

Congo armed groups wielding machetes reportedly execute 70 – U.N

According to reports from the UN, armed groups wielding machetes have reportedly executed 70 people in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo "to spread terror", the U.N. peacekeeping mission said on Thursday. The mission, MONUSCO, said it had received reports of gross human rights abuses including the reported summary killings at Nyamaboko villages I and II in Masisi... Read More

DR Congo rebels face disarmament deadline today

Congolese government army soldiers stay concealed at an attack position near Munigi, overlooking the front-line, where they are fighting against M23 rebels outside the eastern Congolese city of Goma, July 15, 2013. – Reuters picKINSHASA, Aug 1 — Rebels in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo face a deadline today to lay down their arms, but they have dismissed… Read More