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Rwandan Support for M23 Rebels Frustrates Attempts to End Fighting in Eastern Congo

Scott Stearns/VOA News - September 26, 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets DR Congo President Joseph KabilaU.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the attacks being carried out by rebels in Eastern Congo against civilians "appalling". African heads of state met at the United Nations to discuss the conflict, which the United States says Rwanda is fueling by backing those rebels.
Ban Ki-moon Confirms M23 Rebels Shelled Rwanda

Radio Okapi - August 31, 2013

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moonU.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed in a statement that the M23 rebels were responsible for firing shells into Rwanda, despite claims by Rwandan authorities that DR Congo's army was to blame.
DR Congo Will Defend Itself Against an Attack by Rwanda, Government Says

Congo News Agency - August 31, 2013

Lambert Mende OmalangaDR Congo’s government said on Friday it will protect its population against any military attack by the Rwandan army on its territory. Government spokesman and minister of information Lambert Mende noted that “Rwandan authorities have increasingly threatened in recent days to go to war against the Democratic Republic of Congo.
M23 Rebels Fired Shells Into Rwanda, Not Congo Army, UN Says

Robert Esaki - August 30, 2013

UN peacekeepers on the front lines in Kibati, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)The U.N. said on Thursday that the M23 rebels have been firing shells into Rwandan territory, disputing claims by the Rwandan foreign minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, that DR Congo's army was to blame. “Firing incidents into Rwandan territory originated from M23 positions between 22 and 29 August,” U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said.
Mortar Shells From Rwanda Kill Civilians in Eastern Congo

Congo News Agency - August 23, 2013

Mortar shells from Rwanda hit a house in the eastern Congo city of GomaM23 rebels and their allies in Rwanda deliberately shelled civilians neighborhoods in Goma on Thursday, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Friday during a press conference in Kinshasa. One woman and her three children were killed when mortar shells hit civilian neighborhoods in the eastern Congo city.
UN Peacekeepers Start Enforcing Security Zone in Eastern Congo

Radio Okapi - August 1, 2013

UN peacekeepers in DR CongoA 48-hour ultimatum given by the UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo to armed groups around Goma and Sake to disarm or be disarmed expired on Thursday. The spokesman for the UN mission said the security zone will be enforced to secure more than one million people, including displaced people living in the area.
Rwanda 'recruiting for M23 rebels'

BBC News - July 31, 2013

More than 800,000 civilians have been displaced because of the M23 rebellionFour Rwandans have told the BBC the army forcibly recruited them to fight for the M23 rebel group in neighbouring eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The four said they were seeking asylum in Uganda after fleeing the fighting.
DR Congo Asks Rwanda to Turn Over M23 Rebel Leaders

Congo News Agency - July 26, 2013

M23 Rebel leader Jean-Marie RunigaDR Congo’s government said on Friday it has sent three international arrest warrants to Rwanda against former M23 rebel leader Jean-Marie Runiga and commanders Baudouin Ngaruye, Eric Badege and Innocent Zimurinda.
U.S. Tells Rwanda to Remove Its Military Personel From Eastern Congo

Congo News Agency - July 23, 2013

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen PsakiThe United States has called on Rwanda to stop all support to the M23 rebels a day after Human Rights Watch published new evidence that Rwanda continues to support the rebels in their campaign of terror across the border in eastern Congo.
M23 Rebels Kill, Rape Civilians in Eastern Congo: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch - July 22, 2013

Colonel Sultani Makenga, center, a senior M23 leader, on a hill in eastern Congo, July 2012M23 rebels have summarily executed at least 44 people and raped at least 61 women and girls since March 2013 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Local residents and rebel deserters reported recent forced recruitment of men and boys by the M23 in both Rwanda and Congo.







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