STORIES: République démocratique du Congo: M23- a region under siege
République démocratique du Congo: M23- a region under siege
In April 2012, a mutiny on the part of group of colonels and soldiers from the Congolese government armed forces, FARDC, led to the creation of a political and military force with the name of M23.
The revolutionaries, successors of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) and accused by both the UN and the government of Kinshasa of receiving support from Rwanda, demanded more rights and greater safety for the Tutsi minority, declared war on corruption and their support for both the decentralisation of power from Kinshasa and a renewal of the government army.
In just three months their military strength allowed them to take control of north Kivu, and the provincial capital Goma, subjugating the local population. Today the region is under siege. There are over 700,000 refugees in the region. Murder is the order of the day. The northern region of Kivu is descending into fratricidal conflict, with the Hutu set against the Tutsi once more. And once again, this fans the flames of the nightmarish situation that is more a reality than a risk in The Great Lakes Region: racial hatred and ethnic cleansing.
It's well known that the neighbouring countries, such as Rwanda, are funding this rebel group for control over the minerals in the region, such as gold and, above all, coltan.
The focus and goal of this reportage is to document these historic events and provide a deep realistic view of the lives of those involved, including both aggressors and victims.