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Big news, secret reasons

January 17, 2009

This morning I was doing some shopping in the market district (Birere) when a big number of taximotos started to pass by. They may be more than one hundred, many of them claxoning. It looked like a motorbike demonstration, and I asked the shop owner what was happening.

He told me: “the radio says the war is over”.

It is too early to affirm something like this, simply because we are in the Great Lakes region. However, the latest news let us be optimistic. Ntaganda faction has announced the end of fighting. And right after him, the head of PARECO has moved on the same direction.

What makes this news really powerful, though, is the fact that Ntaganda´s declaration of peace has been signed in Goma, in front of the Congolese Interior Minister and, more importantly, in front of Rwanda’s armed forces commander. This is big news, because it publicly shows with whom of the two (Nkunda and Ntaganda) Rwanda is. The bad news is,  the split inside CNDP is a reality, and Laurent Nkunda remains silent.

What is Laurent Nkunda going to do? Pressure mounts against him. Does he have the military capacity to continue fighting without Rwanda and Bosco´s faction? It does not seem to be the case.

The real question behind all this is why. What´s the deal?

“Anything that doesn’t end in the arrest of Bosco Ntaganda is in flagrant violation of international law,” Human Rights Watch has repeteadly say. Is Ntaganda´s freedom part of the deal?

The first thing that comes to my mind while I write these lines is: you help us clean the field of FDLR´s and we guarantee that you will not end like Jean Pierre Bemba.

But… what else is the prize to pay for peace?

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  1. January 20, 2009 8:02 pm

    Our child sponsorship program “His Hands for Africa” have many of the children in the Goma area listed in their program and we are finding sponsors for them all over the world. Thank you for the updates of the war in the Congo. Our directors are there now in Goma and we have been praying for their safety. Anxious for the updates of the children.

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