Crisis in the Congo: The Rise and Fall of Laurent Kabila by F. Ngolet

By F. Ngolet

This quantity bargains a finished heritage and research of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the course of the tumultuous interval of 1997 - 2001. the writer examines the latest occasions during this turbulent area, providing a latest account that's either vast and exact.

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103 These fights manifested the deteriorating relations between Tutsi-Banyamulenge and the Bembe population. The Mayi-Mayi intensified their campaign on the high plateau of Uvira, striking the villages of Kanono and Rubarati twenty kilometers outside of the city of Uvira, with many Bafulero tribesmen and Banyamulenge civilians fleeing from the area. On February 17, fighting between the Banyamulenge and Mayi-Mayi broke out as they attempted to settle their differences in certain areas of South-Kivu, particularly the Kalungwe region.

Backed by ex-FAR and Interahamwe, the MayiMayi engaged the rebels in Goma at the beginning of the conflict. 97 In mid-September, THE REBELLION 33 a gun battle erupted in Goma between the rebels and the Hutu and Mayi-Mayi militias. For the militias, the objective was not only to conquer Goma but also to invade the Rwandan city of Gisenye, which they saw as the first step toward the overthrow of the Tutsi regime in Kigali. Their assault on Goma was also directed against civilian Tutsis, whose corpses journalists saw strewn in the streets of the city after the attack.

In Bukavu, antiRwandan and specifically anti-Tutsi sentiment intensified after the MayiMayi attacks. Violence became widespread in the zones of Uvira and Fizi, encouraging the formation of a movement called Alliance pour la Résistance Démocratique (ARD). The stated objective of this organization was to free the Congo from all Rwandan and Tutsi occupation. In Baraka in South Kivu and in Kalemie in North Katanga, Banyamulenge and non-Tutsi army units clashed in November 1997 as a result of the arrest of Masasu Nindaga.

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