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congo watch

Gunshots are reported in Goma last night; apparently rebels tried to take out some of the communication towers on Mount Goma. They have also cut off electricity and communications in Rutshuru.

C & E live more or less at the base of Mount Goma. I've emailed, but haven't heard from them, nor any other of my Goma-based friends.

Today was the first day of school in Congo. I'd imagine that for most, life goes on, but it sounds like things are very tense in Goma. Goma's public school teachers were on strike today, so only the private schools there opened.

Agence France Presse says there was a truce on Saturday, but that western security observers think the two sides are getting ready for more fighting. I'm inclined to agree. It's been obvious for several months that both sides were planning for this.


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