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Eastern DRC: An air of change?
The Kivu regions are traditionally viewed as conflict-ridden, but the area is transforming.
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2013 10:15
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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo - North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been wracked by armed conflict for two decades, but a hint of change is in the air. The headlinegrabbing M23 rebel movement is, for the first time, apparently on a back foot against the government army who made military advances during operations this July. Popular support for the army is high, a drastic change from the despondency that gripped Goma at the end of last year when M23 caused the army to flee the city, resulting in occupation.

The United Nations, however, is experiencing a slump in popularity, amidst claims by civil society of inaction, and that they are limiting the army's advance. In the province's "Great North", a Muslim rebel group originating from Uganda, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), has caused thousands to flee their homes. Across the region, myriad armed groups roam the bush.
Winds of change are in the air of Goma, but the focus on M23 tells little of the large scale insecurity that still wracks the region.


/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

A government army soldier reacts to shelling in Kanyarucinya, just north of Goma. The army pushed back M23 rebels.



/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

An injured M23 rebel lies on a stretcher at a government army position, where doctors were taking care of him. He claims to have been recruited by force.



/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Col Mamadou Ndala, commander of the 42nd battalion who have been leading fighting against M23, has become a local legend in Goma.



/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

As civil society protested the inaction of the UN, pelting vehicles with rocks, Col. Mamadou calmed the crowd.



/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

In Beni in the "Great North", a UN armoured personnel carrier drives through the street. Beni has been threatened by ADF rebels.



/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Insecurity in the region has resulted in little development, despite the abundance of minerals and the potential of highly fertile arable land.


/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Beni's Muslim community fears persecution due to alleged links between the ADF and al-Shabaab, Somali Islamic fighters.



/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Shops in Beni closed early, before nightfall, as a result of the insecurity.


/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Civilian populations bear the scars of the decades of conflict. Neria suffers from mental health issues as a result of the kidnapping of her family.


/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
When people with mental health problems are brought to a small clinic in Beni, they often arrived bound by rope or chains, leaving scars on their arms.


/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Due to myriad armed groups across the region, access to agricultural land is often limited, or risked with dangers such as sexual violence.


/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
The Nyatura, a Hutu milita, occupy an area of North Kivu and clash with M23 rebels. The Nyatura say that they will not let M23 expand their zone.


/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Despite some development in Goma, much of the city's population does not have access to mains water, relying on Lake Kivu, filling jerry cans every day.



/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Young men with few opportunities turn to armed groups as a result of desperation and despondency. They establish their authority via AK-47s and machetes.


/Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Despite military losses, M23 is still recruiting and conducting ideology training sessions for civilians in their territory.



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A government army soldier reacts to shelling in Kanyarucinya, just north of Goma. The army pushed back M23 rebels.

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An injured M23 rebel lies on a stretcher at a government army position, where doctors were taking care of him. He claims to have been recruited by force.

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Col Mamadou Ndala, commander of the 42nd battalion who have been leading fighting against M23, has become a local legend in Goma.

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As civil society protested the inaction of the UN, pelting vehicles with rocks, Col. Mamadou calmed the crowd.

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In Beni in the "Great North", a UN armoured personnel carrier drives through the street. Beni has been threatened by ADF rebels.

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Beni(***)s Muslim community fears persecution due to alleged links between the ADF and al-Shabaab, Somali Islamic fighters.

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Despite some development in Goma, much of the city(***)s population does not have access to mains water, relying on Lake Kivu, filling jerry cans every day.

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A government army soldier reacts to

shelling in Kanyarucinya, just north of

Goma. The army pushed back M23

rebels.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/5600c96d6d690bd03b534b38661d03efPhil Moore/Al Jazeera

A government army soldier reacts to

shelling in Kanyarucinya, just north of

Goma. The army pushed back M23

rebels.

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An injured M23 rebel lies on a stretcher at a government army position, where doctors were taking care of him. He claims to have been recruited by force.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/2d42dff782b91cb029fb26db6dea1108Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

An injured M23 rebel lies on a stretcher at a government army position, where doctors were taking care of him. He claims to have been recruited by force.

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Col Mamadou Ndala, commander of the 42nd battalion who have been leading fighting against M23, has become a local legend in Goma.

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Col Mamadou Ndala, commander of the 42nd battalion who have been leading fighting against M23, has become a local legend in Goma.

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As civil society protested the inaction of the UN, pelting vehicles with rocks, Col. Mamadou calmed the crowd.

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As civil society protested the inaction of the UN, pelting vehicles with rocks, Col. Mamadou calmed the crowd.

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In Beni in the “Great North”, a UN armoured personnel carrier drives through the street. Beni has been threatened by ADF rebels.

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In Beni in the “Great North”, a UN armoured personnel carrier drives through the street. Beni has been threatened by ADF rebels.

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Insecurity in the region has resulted in little development, despite the abundance of minerals and the potential of highly fertile arable land.

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Insecurity in the region has resulted in little development, despite the abundance of minerals and the potential of highly fertile arable land.

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Beni’s Muslim community fears persecution due to alleged links between the ADF and al-Shabaab, Somali Islamic militants.

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Beni’s Muslim community fears persecution due to alleged links between the ADF and al-Shabaab, Somali Islamic militants.

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Shops in Beni closed early, before nightfall, as a result of the insecurity.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/1fd48a5a25db89c6d4ff06b1fe523fe1Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Shops in Beni closed early, before nightfall, as a result of the insecurity.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/5de59e129077babefcef1ade05e3b87b

Civilian populations bear the scars of the decades of conflict. Neria suffers from mental health issues as a result of the kidnapping of her family.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/5de59e129077babefcef1ade05e3b87bPhil Moore/Al Jazeera

Civilian populations bear the scars of the decades of conflict. Neria suffers from mental health issues as a result of the kidnapping of her family.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/d86706a10447ae14a3395b5fd4ecad10

When people with mental health problems are brought to a small clinic in Beni, they often arrived bound by rope or chains, leaving scars on their arms.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/d86706a10447ae14a3395b5fd4ecad10Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

When people with mental health problems are brought to a small clinic in Beni, they often arrived bound by rope or chains, leaving scars on their arms.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/e1df35b82b6309d61afd1690f0284a50

Due to myriad armed groups across the region, access to agricultural land is often limited, or risked with dangers such as sexual violence.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/e1df35b82b6309d61afd1690f0284a50Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Due to myriad armed groups across the region, access to agricultural land is often limited, or risked with dangers such as sexual violence.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/047bf5d4ed1884653c69edbad19eb082

The Nyatura, a Hutu milita, occupy an area of North Kivu and clash with M23 rebels. The Nyatura say that they will not let M23 expand their zone.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/047bf5d4ed1884653c69edbad19eb082Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

The Nyatura, a Hutu milita, occupy an area of North Kivu and clash with M23 rebels. The Nyatura say that they will not let M23 expand their zone.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/19b518057bab2c751923435c2db9d281

Despite some development in Goma, much of the city’s population does not have access to mains water, relying on Lake Kivu, filling jerry cans every day.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/19b518057bab2c751923435c2db9d281Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Despite some development in Goma, much of the city’s population does not have access to mains water, relying on Lake Kivu, filling jerry cans every day.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/06807036b5e4211d7e97af8a597fb59d

Young men with few opportunities turn to armed groups as a result of desperation and despondency. They establish their authority via AK-47s and machetes.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/06807036b5e4211d7e97af8a597fb59dPhil Moore/Al Jazeera

Young men with few opportunities turn to armed groups as a result of desperation and despondency. They establish their authority via AK-47s and machetes.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/e0f690d146e851b6e0a0fb1feed110db

Despite military losses, M23 is still recruiting and conducting ideology training sessions for civilians in their territory.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Eastern_DRC%3A_An_air_of_change%3F/slideshow/no-caption/e0f690d146e851b6e0a0fb1feed110dbPhil Moore/Al Jazeera

Despite military losses, M23 is still recruiting and conducting ideology training sessions for civilians in their territory.



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