Fresh Congo Horrors

Latest campaign against Rwandan Hutu rebels inside eastern Congo fuels fresh atrocities. This is from a Washington Post piece by Stephanie McCrummen:

The mission, backed logistically by U.N. peacekeepers and politically by the United States, aims to disband the remaining 7,000 or so Rwandan Hutu rebels who fled into eastern Congo after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

But since the operation began in January, villagers have recounted nightmarish stories that raise questions about whether the military action will ultimately cause more destruction than it prevents.

At least half a million people have fled a rebel campaign of village burnings and retaliatory killings, including a massacre of more than 100 people in which several civilians were decapitated. At the same time, people are also fleeing the advance of their own predatory army — a toxic mishmash of mostly unpaid, underfed, ill-trained former militiamen churned into the military after various peace deals.

Read the whole thing.

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