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Bosco Ntaganda: Strongman of the eastern DRC

With fighting continuing between rival factions of the M23 rebel movement in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the RVI’s Usalama Project presents a profile of one of the M23’s most important commanders, General Bosco Ntaganda. Despite his indictment by the International Criminal Court on charges of recruiting child soldiers, murder, rape, and sexual slavery, Ntaganda still has a considerable following in M23 ranks. The latest fighting comes in spite of the UN-mediated Framework Agreement for the DRC and the wider region, signed in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2013. Separate peace negotiations between the Kinshasa government and the M23 are continuing in Kampala—but there is no confirmation that any M23 faction will sign an agreement to reintegrate into the national army.

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