M23 Rebels Take Goma
Dear friends of the coalition -
Yesterday the city of Goma was taken over by the rebel group M23. For months, M23 has been threatening to take the city, but until yesterday morning, those threats have been a part of war-as-usual.
As of yesterday morning, the capital city of North Kivu is now theirs.
“With rebel forces now demanding immediate concessions in return for sparing Goma, North Kivu’s largest city, this slow-motion disaster is reaching crisis point. The world’s biggest UN peacekeeping operation, Monusco, appears powerless to halt a descent into chaos. TheDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government and its undisciplined security forces are part of the problem. And according to a new report by Oxfam, the plight of the civilian population grows ever more desperate.”