In November 2012, it didn’t take the M23 five days to take Goma. It was ten years ago, almost to the day. Active again in the East since November 2021, do the rebels want to retake the provincial capital of North Kivu, which they had conquered at the time without great difficulty? They are getting closer anyway. By November 15, the front line had been established just 17 kilometers from the city.
DRC: in the East, Monusco keeps a low profile
The Congolese authorities of course take the threat very seriously, convinced that they are being prevented from responding to the “aggression”. Their target, in addition to Rwanda, which they have accused for months of supporting the M23? The United Nations. “There is no objective reason today why we are being kept in [la] status of a pays on which weighs a mortgage of mistrust. There are banks, transporters and even those who manufacture weapons who do not want to deal with us because there is the United Nations. They say that we are on the blacklist”, launched Christophe Lutundula during a press briefing on November 11. In other words, according to the Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, the UN prevents the DRC from buying the arms, ammunition and military equipment it needs to defend son territory.