Rebel takeover of Goma, DR of Congo

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The United Nations calls the Congo rebels war criminals, murderers, rapists and recruiters of child soldiers. They're also effective troops. They've taken control of one provincial capital and threaten to march on Kinshasa. We try to find out what they want and what the stakes are for a country already exhausted by war.



Rebel takeover of Goma, DR of Congo - Goma Reporter

We started this segment with some sound from residents from the city of Goma, a provincial capital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Earlier this week rebels, knows as the M23 group, took over the city. Peacekeepers with the United Nations mission to the Congo - known as MONUSCO - didn't intervene.

The UN Security Council is demanding the rebels withdraw. The M23 group is accused of mass killings and rapes and using child soldiers in Congo's ongoing civil war.

Pete Jones is a freelancer reporter and he was in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rebel takeover of Goma, DR of Congo - Historian, U of Kinshasa

Rebels threaten further advances in Congo, with an eventual overthrow of the government in the capital of Kinshasa. There's not much support for the rebels in the capital, but some blame the government for allowing the crisis to become this threatening.

Ntanda Nkere is a political scientist and historian at the University of Kinshasa.
We reached him there.

Rebel takeover of Goma, DR of Congo - Former Director, MONUSCO

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird condemns the rebels and is calling for an end to what he calls "aggressive actions" against Goma and other areas.

Philip Lancaster is a Canadian with a long history of involvement in the DRC. He was the director of Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration for MONUSCO. He was also the former Canadian military assistant to General Romeo Dallaire in Rwanda. Today we reached him in Victoria.

This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Ellen Saenger.


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