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

12.12.2007

congo watch

According to reports from the Red Cross, things in North Kivu are the worst they've been since 2001. Fighting between the government (with substantial support from MONUC) and Nkunda's rebels is in full swing.

My contacts in Goma aren't leaving the city, and last week the World Food Program stopped delivering food to most refugee camps outside the city due to insecurity. The UN has officially forbidden international NGO's from working outside of the city.

It's bad.

Today, "MONUC announced that more than 4,500 blue helmets have been deployed in North Kivu province, to ensure the defence of the towns of Goma and Sake."

That's good in one sense, but bad in the sense that MONUC is worried about the very real possibility of needing to protect Goma. Apparently, most international NGO's have evacuated their staffs from Goma. Heal Africa is still at work in the province.

I would appreciate it if you kept everyone there in your prayers.

3 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

Praying.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 3:15:00 PM

 
Anonymous Fred said...

MONUC already had 4,500 peacekeepers in North Kivu before all this kicked off, so it's a little misleading if they presented this as a redeployment.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 3:44:00 AM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Amy, thanks.

Fred, I was wondering about that. Seemed unlikely that they had doubled the number of peacekeepers in N.K. to put 1/2 the total force in one province. What a mess.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 10:27:00 AM

 

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