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In pictures: Congo fighting enters third week
Fighting between a rebel group and the Congolese military continues unabated, causing thousands to flee their homes.
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2012 15:08

The conflict between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 rebels in Rutshuru territory has now entered its third week, and is showing no signs of abating. Villages lie empty on the front lines, as thousands of internally displaced persons take refuge in neighbouring settlements, living side-by-side with the army trying to reclaim rebel-held positions.

As heavy machine gun fire, rockets and mortars pound the lush green hills on the Rwandan border, civilians lie in hospitals, and memories of North Kivu's previous conflicts are stirred.

Eastern Congo has been the stage for much of the region's conflict since 1996, fuelled by the fall-out of the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

In 2009, CNDP rebels were integrated into the government army following a rebellion the previous year. It is now many of these soldiers who are once again fighting the FARDC.

Josephu Jibesho, an elderly man left behind in the the now-deserted village of Gisiza, says that he has seen many people die. A rocket-propelled grenade landed just a few metres behind his hut. Rebels occupy the hills overlooking Gisiza.

"I've seen many bad things," he said. "I've seen some other wars, but this is the worst."


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Veronica Nyiramitana and her husband, Josephu Jibesho, sit outside their small home in the village of Gisiza, two of only three people known to have stayed after fighting broke out. Their home is overlooked by a rebel position on a nearby hill from which gunfire regularly echoes.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
"Everyone ran away," says Mr Jibesho, propping himself up with the aid of two bamboo poles. "I don't have the strength in my legs to leave."


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
The FARDC has been using heavy weaponry such as mortars, rockets and anti-aircraft guns to try to oust the rebels from the hills nestled near Congo's borders with Uganda and Rwanda.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Fighting has caused thousands from the villages in Rutshuru territory to flee their homes, leaving markets empty.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
In Bunagana, on the Congo-Uganda border, an informal camp for the internally displaced has emerged in the grounds of a school. Thomas Hakizma from the now rebel-held village of Chanzu came here with his family three weeks ago. "There was fighting," he says. "I have no news from there."


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Fighting can be sporadic and very localised, fought in the very testing, hilly terrain of Rutshuru territory, where small villages lie nestled between the positions of the two armed forces.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Baraka, 15 years old, thought he had found safety in the village of Kasebea after fleeing fighting in his own village. But while he sheltered in a house in Kasebea, a stray bullet came through the wall and shattered his wrist.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
United Nations peacekeepers have set up temporary bases around Bunagana. The UN mission's force commander vowed to protect the town and its civilians on a recent visit.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
This is not the first time that conflict has disrupted the region. At a meeting of a women's association in Rutshuru, most of those present said they were widows. "The women of Rutshuru suffer a lot. Our children are being killed at the front," says volunteer Chiza Ntamenya.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
The fighting in Rutshuru territory is now in its third week, as the FARDC tries to regain ground from the rebels. The United Nations has evidence that the conflict is being sustained by Rwandan support to M23.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
As entire villages remain abandoned, those with padlocks have bolted their doors in an attempt to protect their belongings against widespread looting by the poorly paid army.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Maria Domitilla Nyabayazana is alone in the village of Kabanda on the front line. She injured her leg when she tried to leave Kabanda with the rest of the population. "I have heard bombs since this morning," she says.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
High-level diplomatic talks between Kinshasa and Kigali continue, occasionally causing lulls in the fighting. Here, an FARDC soldier sleeps at an army position overlooked by the rebel-held Mbuzi hill.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Meanwhile, the population of nearby Bunagana waits for the fighting to end, so that those displaced can return to their homes.


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Veronica Nyiramitana and her husband, Josephu Jibesho, sit outside their small home in the village of Gisiza, two of only three people known to have stayed after fighting broke out. Their home is overlooked by a rebel position on a nearby hill from which gunfire regularly echoes.;*;"Everyone ran away," says Mr Jibesho, propping himself up with the aid of two bamboo poles. "I don\(***)t have the strength in my legs to leave.";*;The FARDC has been using heavy weaponry such as mortars, rockets and anti-aircraft guns to try to oust the rebels from the hills nestled near Congo\(***)s borders with Uganda and Rwanda.;*;Fighting has caused thousands from the villages in Rutshuru territory to flee their homes, leaving markets empty.;*;In Bunagana, on the Congo-Uganda border, an informal camp for the internally displaced has emerged in the grounds of a school. Thomas Hakizma from the now rebel-held village of Chanzu came here with his family three weeks ago. "There was fighting," he says. "I have no news from there.";*;Fighting can be sporadic and very localised, fought in the very testing, hilly terrain of Rutshuru territory, where small villages lie nestled between the positions of the two armed forces.;*;Baraka, 15 years old, thought he had found safety in the village of Kasebea after fleeing fighting in his own village. But while he sheltered in a house in Kasebea, a stray bullet came through the wall and shattered his wrist.;*;United Nations peacekeepers have set up temporary bases around Bunagana. The UN mission\(***)s force commander vowed to protect the town and its civilians on a recent visit.;*;This is not the first time that conflict has disrupted the region. At a meeting of a women(***)s association in Rutshuru, most of those present said they were widows. "The women of Rutshuru suffer a lot. Our children are being killed at the front," says volunteer Chiza Ntamenya.;*;The fighting in Rutshuru territory is now in its third week, as the FARDC tries to regain ground from the rebels. The United Nations has evidence that the conflict is being sustained by Rwandan support to M23.;*;As entire villages remain abandoned, those with padlocks have bolted their doors in an attempt to protect their belongings against widespread looting by the poorly paid army.;*;Maria Domitilla Nyabayazana is alone in the village of Kabanda on the front line. She injured her leg when she tried to leave Kabanda with the rest of the population. "I have heard bombs since this morning," she says.;*;High-level diplomatic talks between Kinshasa and Kigali continue, occasionally causing lulls in the fighting. Here, an FARDC soldier sleeps at an army position overlooked by the rebel-held Mbuzi hill.;*;Meanwhile, the population of nearby Bunagana waits for the fighting to end, so that those displaced can return to their homes. Daylife ID:
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Congo fighting enters third weekhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-weeken-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Mon, 28 May 2012 11:36:23 GMTMon, 28 May 2012 12:05:42 GMT http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=00Tpgnh7sKcpTVeronica Nyiramitana and her husband, Josephu Jibesho, sit outside their small home in the village of Gisiza, two of only three people known to have stayed after fighting broke out between the FARDC and M23 rebels. Their home is overlooked by a rebel position on a nearby hill; gunfire regularly echoes out above Gisiza.Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=00Tpgnh7sKcpTPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesVeronica Nyiramitana and her husband, Josephu Jibesho, sit outside their small home in the village of Gisiza, two of only three people known to have stayed after fighting broke out between the FARDC and M23 rebels. Their home is overlooked by a rebel position on a nearby hill; gunfire regularly echoes out above Gisiza. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0amM7XF4RC0AU

"Everyone ran away," says Mr Jibesho, propping himself up with the aid of two bamboo poles. "I don't have the strength in my legs to leave."

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0amM7XF4RC0AUPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

"Everyone ran away," says Mr Jibesho, propping himself up with the aid of two bamboo poles. "I don't have the strength in my legs to leave."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0gnO2fvctQ1ct

The FARDC has been using heavy weaponry such as mortars, rockets and anti-aircraft guns to try to oust the rebels from the hills nestled near Congo's borders with Uganda and Rwanda.

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0gnO2fvctQ1ctPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The FARDC has been using heavy weaponry such as mortars, rockets and anti-aircraft guns to try to oust the rebels from the hills nestled near Congo's borders with Uganda and Rwanda.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=032Kb4V6tD31R

Fighting has caused thousands from the villages in Rutshuru territory to flee their homes, leaving markets empty.

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=032Kb4V6tD31RPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Fighting has caused thousands from the villages in Rutshuru territory to flee their homes, leaving markets empty.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=09Exg388DrdeA

In Bunagana, on the Congo-Uganda border, an informal camp for the internally displaced has emerged in the grounds of a school. Thomas Hakizma from the now rebel-held village of Chanzu came here with his family three weeks ago. "There was fighting," he says. "I have no news from there."

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=09Exg388DrdeAPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

In Bunagana, on the Congo-Uganda border, an informal camp for the internally displaced has emerged in the grounds of a school. Thomas Hakizma from the now rebel-held village of Chanzu came here with his family three weeks ago. "There was fighting," he says. "I have no news from there."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0er3eAVgxf5ShFighting can be sporadic and very localised, fought in the very testing, hilly terrain of Rutshuru territory, where small villages lie nestled between the positions of the two armed forces.Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0er3eAVgxf5ShPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesFighting can be sporadic and very localised, fought in the very testing, hilly terrain of Rutshuru territory, where small villages lie nestled between the positions of the two armed forces. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=01cL2sP8O01UZ

Baraka is just 15 years old, and thought he had found safety in the village of Kasebea after fleeing fighting in his own village, Gasasa. While he sheltered in a house in Kasebea, a stray bullet came through the wall and shattered his wrist. He is now being treated in a small hospital in Rwanguba.

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=01cL2sP8O01UZPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Baraka is just 15 years old, and thought he had found safety in the village of Kasebea after fleeing fighting in his own village, Gasasa. While he sheltered in a house in Kasebea, a stray bullet came through the wall and shattered his wrist. He is now being treated in a small hospital in Rwanguba.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0bgi5F0fOVbZ3

United Nations peacekeepers have set up temporary bases around Bunagana. The UN mission's force commander vowed to protect the town and its civilians on a recent visit.

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0bgi5F0fOVbZ3Phil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

United Nations peacekeepers have set up temporary bases around Bunagana. The UN mission's force commander vowed to protect the town and its civilians on a recent visit.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=01nBaao7tm9JS

This is not the first time that conflict has disrupted the region. At a meeting of a women's association in Rutshuru town, around three-quarters of those present said that they were widows. "The women of Rutshuru suffer a lot. Our children are being killed at the front," says Chiza Ntamenya, a volunteer with the group. "We are fed up with the war."

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=01nBaao7tm9JSPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

This is not the first time that conflict has disrupted the region. At a meeting of a women's association in Rutshuru town, around three-quarters of those present said that they were widows. "The women of Rutshuru suffer a lot. Our children are being killed at the front," says Chiza Ntamenya, a volunteer with the group. "We are fed up with the war."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=04BxcHS7uG3ATThe fighting in Rutshuru territory is now in its third week, as the FARDC tries to regain ground from the rebels. The United Nations has evidence that the conflict is being sustained by Rwandan support to M23.Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=04BxcHS7uG3ATPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe fighting in Rutshuru territory is now in its third week, as the FARDC tries to regain ground from the rebels. The United Nations has evidence that the conflict is being sustained by Rwandan support to M23. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0cD2bkp7OC3hH

As entire villages remain abandoned, those with padlocks have bolted their doors in an attempt to protect their belongings against widespread looting by the poorly paid army.

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0cD2bkp7OC3hHPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

As entire villages remain abandoned, those with padlocks have bolted their doors in an attempt to protect their belongings against widespread looting by the poorly paid army.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0cys28e2kDb8z

Maria Domitilla Nyabayazana is alone in the village of Kabanda on the front line. She injured her leg when she tried to leave Kabanda with the rest of the population. "I have heard bombs since this morning," she says. She has just enough to eat from the fruit and vegetables surrounding the village.

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=0cys28e2kDb8zPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Maria Domitilla Nyabayazana is alone in the village of Kabanda on the front line. She injured her leg when she tried to leave Kabanda with the rest of the population. "I have heard bombs since this morning," she says. She has just enough to eat from the fruit and vegetables surrounding the village.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=08gcaIWajx0ob

High-level diplomatic talks between Kinshasa and Kigali continue, occasionally causing lulls in the fighting. Here, an FARDC soldier sleeps at an army position overlooked by the rebel-held Mbuzi hill.

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=08gcaIWajx0obPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

High-level diplomatic talks between Kinshasa and Kigali continue, occasionally causing lulls in the fighting. Here, an FARDC soldier sleeps at an army position overlooked by the rebel-held Mbuzi hill.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=02D9fg9dBG4ZYMeanwhile, the population of nearby Bunagana waits for the fighting to end, so that those displaced can return to their homes.Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-fighting-enters-third-week?image_id=02D9fg9dBG4ZYPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesMeanwhile, the population of nearby Bunagana waits for the fighting to end, so that those displaced can return to their homes.


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