Congo fights – level 3

04-04-2022 07:00

Last week on Monday, heavy fighting started in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Fighters from the M23 rebel group attacked the army near the border with Uganda and Rwanda.

The fighting began approximately 50 kilometers northeast of the provincial capital of Goma. Troops came to respond and chase the enemy; however, it wasn’t clear who was in control of the area.

In November 2021, the M23 briefly seized the two strategic villages in a similar overnight attack. The villages were the last strongholds of the M23 before soldiers chased its fighters into Uganda and Rwanda in 2013. Since then, there have been efforts to establish dialogue and disarmament; however, they haven’t been successful.

Difficult words: seize (to take something by force), stronghold (a well defended place), disarmament (when you take away or give up weapons).

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