Born as Zaire (renamed in 1997), possessing vast mineral riches and nearly unanimously Christian, the DRC has followed a familiar African pattern: Western colonisation followed by independence, civil war, fragmentation and dictatorship. The current situation, as summed up by Freedom House: “political corruption, weak rule of law, and violence”. For the past two decades, a Uganda-born rebel movement has taken root in eastern DRC, obtaining the support of jihadist organisations. A 2017 United Nations report concluded that the increasingly Islamist rebel movement has been responsible for “widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law”.
Islamist militants are suspected to have killed between 20 and 40 villagers in the eastern extremes of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to news reports and a World Watch Monitor source. Attackers carried machetes and axes into a village in North Kivu province, in eastern DRC, late in […]
Militants of the radical Islamist group ADF-Nalu group enjoy complicity in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the part of “uncontrolled elements of Ugandan army and security forces”. This was affirmed in a statement following a meeting of “Social Dialogue on the persisting presence of ADF and allies in the […]
While the brutality of the so-called Islamic State has concentrated world attention on Iraq and Syria, lesser-noticed movements inspired by IS are taking root far from the Middle East. In central Africa, a brutal militant Islamic group has embedded itself in the eastern extremes of the Democratic Republic of the […]
There are foreign fighters operating in the ranks of the ADF-NALU, a group of militants originally rooted in a rebel movement to overthrow Uganda’s government, but forced to re-locate over the border into North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reports Fides. On 16 October, a UN report said […]
In Africa, it isn’t only in the west that Islamist insurgencies are posing a security threat. While attention has been focused on Nigeria’s radical Islamist group Boko Haram (whose attacks have spread to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger), a relatively unknown militant group has intensified attacks in the Democratic Republic […]
A group of Ugandan rebels are suspected of killing more than 20 people in an Oct. 16 attack on the town of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Beni’s mayor said the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist force with hopes of establishing Islamic law in Uganda, was behind the […]