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


betty watch, day 4

Laurent Nkunda has been in Rwandan custody for four days, but there's still no word on what happened to Betty - or on where exactly he is. Given that Kagame threw his longtime ally under the bus on Friday, I'm going to guess he's in a heavily guarded room at the Kigali Serena Hotel. Kagame owes Nkunda one.

Or not.

In other news, the 3,500 Rwandan troops in the Congo made their way all the way to Lubero, which is 200 kilometers and an eternal drive away from everything, most notably Goma. The Congolese army claims that nine FDLR rebels have been killed.

Nine down, a few thousand to go.

The good news is that Lubero is a heck of a long way away from Goma, so the city should remain calm. The bad news is that Lubero is a heck of a long way from everything except Butembo. There's nowhere good for the displaced to go, and it will be really, really hard to get humanitarian aid to them.

UPDATE: The AP reports that Rwanda says Nkunda is in Rwanda, but "not in jail." My theory about a nice hotel room might not be so far off.

In other news, the Christian Science Monitor quotes someone from Global Witness who says what we're all thinking. Still no word on Betty's whereabouts.


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