Rwanda’s puppetstrings tugging Congo’s conflict

I didn’t want to believe that Rwanda — the plucky “Israel of east Africa” — is providing support to the Tutsi rebels led by General Nkunda in the eastern Congo in a conflict that could easily end up in engulfing the entire region in war. But sadly, and despite the Rwandan government’s vehement denials to the contrary, it looks like it’s true.

According to a fascinating article outlining the Rwanda-Congo dynamic in the International Herald Tribune, compelling evidence (including several interviews with former Rwandan soldiers returning from the rebel frontlines) points to significant support being provided by Rwanda to Nkunda. The aim of this is allegedly to fight a proxy war, creating a Rwandan sphere of influence in the Congo and establishing conditions conducive for Tutsi/Rwandan businessmen operating in the region.

Read the IHT article here.

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