Two and a half months ago fell Bunagana. This strategic town in eastern DRC, located 70 km from Goma, came under the control of M23 fighters on the night of June 12 to 13. It has since become the symbol of the failure of the strategy military and diplomatic of Felix Tshisekedi.
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Refusing the dialogue that the rebels were trying to impose on it, Kinshasa has never ceased to denounce the abuses committed in recent weeks in North Kivu. ” The [combattants du] M23 are guilty of killings, forced displacement [et] mass populations, the rape of women and other serious violations of human rights”, repeated, on August 31, Christophe Lutundula, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of Diplomacy during a virtual meeting of the Council of peace and security of the African Union (AU). And to regret that, despite the taken position of the UN and the AU, “the situation [n’ait] war evolved positively”.
“There is no more state”
In fact, the territory of Rutshuru, where Bunagana is located, is not the only one concerned. Throughout North Kivu, armed groups swarm and sow chaos: families split up, deaths by the dozens… journalist from Bunia, in Ituri, who prefers to remain anonymous for security reasons. In these areas, there is no longer of state. »