Tensions in the eastern Congo are very, very high. Here's a roundup of the situation as of Monday evening, local time:
- Congolese President Joseph Kabila called for Congolese in the east to "take up arms" against Nkunda, according to the BBC.
- The Congolese blame the Rwandans for the fighting. This is their standard line, but it's quite obvious to every international observer on the ground that the Rwandans back Nkunda and his forces. I have no word on whether Rwandan troops are in DRC territory, but they go in under the radar fairly often.
- Fighting at Tongo today. It's inching closer and closer to Goma.
- A new rebel group attacked the outskirts of Bunia, an area that has been calm for over a year. I'm starting to think I'll never get to Bunia...
- Are the Congolese and Rwandans headed for war? The key here on whether Rwanda goes in is whether non-Tutsis in the DRC blame the Tutsis for the fighting. If it moves to ethnic cleansing of Tutsis, we'll see full-scale war, because, as one MONUC official points out, that will be the only possible justification for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to openly intervene.