Saturday, August 18, 2007

The man who controls the eastern DRC

The UK Independent has a disturbing look at DR Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda who promises to obstruct the country's fragile peace process. Though he insists that he's only protecting the Tutsis in the eastern DRC.

Regardless, his influence is not to be underestimated.

Everything here is controlled by him," explains Dominic Bofondo, the administrator of Rutshuru, pointing on a map to the western half the territory he is meant to govern. "He has all his own tax collectors out there. We tried to send ours there but they were beaten and they fled. For the past four months, we have not been receiving any reports from our people."

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