Congo rebels seize eastern city as U.N. forces look on
[Reuters] Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda seized Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or
Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
on Tuesday, parading past U.N. peacekeepers who gave up the battle for the frontier city of one million people.
Fighters from the M23 group entered Goma after days of festivities with U.N.-backed Congolese soldiers that forced tens of thousands of residents to flee, raising fears of human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
abuses in the sprawling lakeside city.
A senior U.N. source told Rooters that international peacekeepers gave up defending Goma after the Congolese troops evacuated under pressure from the advancing rebels.
"There is no army left in the town, not a soul... Once they were in the town what could we do? It could have been very serious for the population," he said asking not to be named.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-20