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n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Renewed war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - is the M23's position warranted? - : Central Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 09
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Abstract

In mid-July 2013, new clashes raged in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North Kivu province between the rebel group (M23) and the national armed forces or (FARDC). The renewed violence ensued outside of the provincial capital of Goma and has pitted the two forces against one another in a renewed intensity in the conflict, which has been present since April 2012. During the latest incident on 16 July, taking place outside of Goma, government troops assaulted M23 positions with helicopter attacks in an attempt to dislodge them from the area. While M23 has received international criticism from global leaders and international organisations, their grievance against the DRC Government has remained largely absent from the coverage that the war has received. While it is difficult to condone many of the tactics utilised by M23, their reasoning for the 2012 mutiny holds merit on the basis that a series of actions by the government contradicts the 2009 peace agreement, which provided M23 and its leaders with a perceived justifiable validation for M23's rebellion. In addition, M23 is certainly not the only culprit that terrorises civilians. FARDC soldiers have also been guilty of human rights abuses. By exploring the reasons behind the mutiny and the subsequent war in the DRC, an understanding can be reached of why this war began.

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