"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


congo watch: a tells it like it is

"'In some areas in North Kivu, in some parts of Rutshuru we have 19-per-cent global malnutrition,' Shneerson said. 'That's huge.'

"Gun shots can be heard outside of Goma, and observers on the ground fear a return to fighting in the coming days, citing rising levels of military activity, despite a UN-brokered ceasefire that has failed to fully curb the clashes.

"Outside of Goma, Nkunda's forces and the Congolese Army are said to be stockpiling weapons and girding their positions."

It's bad in North Kivu. As expected, Nkunda called off the ceasefire yesterday and there are reports of fighting around Rutshuru.


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