Amid the ongoing military operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo to root out rebel groups, a young man offers a unique solution to reduce stress and curb urban crime.
M23 rebels left the town in eastern DRC earlier this month but not before scarring the lives of the people on November 29 when the insurgents killed at least 170 people, its worst-recorded massacre since launching their campaign in late 2021.
Locals leaders and activists say ADF rebels massacred 20 to 22 villagers some 30 km west of Oicha town in North Kivu province, with army saying assailants used machetes to carry out mass killings.
The Ugandan troops who entered the DRC are due to deploy to several locations in Rutshuru, a region of North Kivu which is under extensive control of M23 rebels.
March 30 was supposed to mark end of withdrawal of "all armed groups" — around 120 — according to timetable adopted in mid-February by Community of East African States regional force.
Ugandan military says its contingent will be operating from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province and that "we are not going to be enemies of anybody there."
Paul Rusesabagina, hero of "Hotel Rwanda" and a vocal critic of Paul Kagame government, is freed and handed over to Qatar's ambassador in Kigali before he returns to US, officials say.
Democratic Republic of Congo's former vice president between 2003 and 2006 was imprisoned by the International Criminal Court for more than a decade, but was acquitted of several charges in 2018.
Troops will not involve in combat operations, says Angolan military, adding it is "solely to supervise the process of disbanding, disarming and reintegrating the M23 forces."
Tutsi-led rebels retreated from several villages in North Kivu's Masisi territory, says an official of East African Community regional force, but some residents say it could be "a false withdrawal."
Angola, which plays as a mediator between the rebels and DRC government, says the decision was taken after consultations with Kinshasa, adding other regional leaders and the UN had been informed.
Daesh-linked ADF rebels killed dozens of civilians using guns and machetes in several villages in North Kivu province, officials say.
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