The Real Rebels of Congo
This documentary uncovers perplexing survey of the Congo’s myriad resistance groups. Besides the fragmented Lord’s Resistance Army, the Democratic Republic of Congo is also home to militant groups such as the Mai-Mai, the Raia Mutomboki, and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. But the greatest threat to regional stability could very well be a group known as M23.
Led by Bosco Ntaganda, known by his troops as the Terminator, M23 mostly consists of Congolese Tutsis who defected from the army last April after alleging that the government in Kinshasa had violated peace accords signed in 2009.
The battle between M23 and government troops has raged so wildly that the United Nations has been forced to divert troops and resources sorely needed elsewhere in the country in order to get the government in Kinshasa a fighting chance.
These ethnic and geopolitical tensions are, in turn, exacerbating an already raging fight between local militias to control the illicit mining of cassiterite, wolframite, and coltan.
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