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Field Dispatch From Eastern Congo

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Field Dispatch From Eastern Congo

Posted by Noel Atama on November 9, 2009

Bukavu, South Kivu — The commanders of the Kimia II offensive here in South Kivu are quick to provide detailed figures on the number of rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR, they have killed or caused to surrender to back up their positive assessment of the military operation. But these numbers provide little comfort to communities paying the price for the poorly organized operations. In addition to the horrific direct effects of reprisal attacks by the FDLR, whose leadership helped orchestrate the Rwandan genocide, and Congolese army predation, a rising tide of indirect insecurity is contributing to an atmosphere of terror.

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