News / Africa

Gunfire Erupts Along DRC-Rwanda Border

  • Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrive in tanks near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out, June 11, 2014.
  • Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo check their weapons near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out, June 11, 2014.
  • Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo rest near its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out, June 11, 2014.
  • Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrive on a military truck near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out, June 11, 2014.
Gunfire Along DRC, Rwanda Border
VOA News
Gunfire has erupted for a second day on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Reports from the area say soldiers exchanged fire briefly Thursday morning in a town north of Goma, the capital of Congo's North Kivu province.
 
Click to enlargeClick to enlarge
x
Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge
Each side has accused the other of provoking the clashes.  DRC officials say Rwandan forces crossed into North Kivu on Wednesday and kidnapped and killed a Congolese soldier.

Rwanda says Congolese forces crossed the border and opened fire.

Congo says two of its soldiers were killed in Wednesday's fighting, while Rwanda puts the number of Congolese dead at five.  

The U.N. mission in Congo has called on all parties to reduce tension and avoid further violence.

DRC information minister Lambert Mende told VOA's English to Africa service that Rwandan forces have been deliberately trying to undermine the DRC's efforts to improve security in volatile eastern provinces.

“We are used to these games from our neighbors, whenever we are trying to solve this [security] problem," Mende said. " Now, we are trying to disarm this FDLR [the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda], you must see such games played from the other side of the border, just to jeopardize and stop the exercise and stop the exercise."

On Twitter, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said for several months, her country had put up with "behavior from DRC unbecoming of leadership."
 

The two countries have been at odds for years, with the DRC accusing Rwanda of backing Congolese rebel groups, including M23, which Congolese forces defeated last year.

Rwanda denies those accusations and accuses Congo of harboring the FDLR militia, which includes fighters who took part in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

You May Like

Missouri Town Braces for Possible Racial Unrest

Situation in Ferguson hinges on whether white police officer will be indicted for August shooting death of unarmed black teen; decision could come Monday More

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of 1930s Deadly Famine

President Poroshenko compares Soviet-era ‘genocide’ to current tactics of pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine's east More

S. Philippines Convictions Elusive 5 Years After Election-related Killings

Officials vowed to deliver justice as the nation marked the anniversary of the country's worst political massacre that left 58 dead, more than half media More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: bruno from: south africa
June 13, 2014 2:43 PM
paul kagame is a war monger.he did not take kindly to his creation, the m23 terrorists, being defeated in the drc...


by: Tommy from: everywhere
June 13, 2014 1:01 AM
These 2 countries must stop these skirmishes they are effecting the stability of the whole region. The leaders of DRC an Rwanda should be working together to bring peace and stability to the region.


by: Leko from: South Africa
June 12, 2014 11:18 AM
I've noticed Rwanda for a while now...I don't think they're as powerful and progressive as they think of themselves _they're more of a glasshouse !


by: Jean Kapenda from: USA
June 12, 2014 9:42 AM
Once upon a time an animalistic specie of dictators ruled over Africa. I've given them several names in the past in forums like the Foreign Policy Magazine: "Little devils coated in human skin", "Little devils in human shape", "Africa's Hitlers", "Black Hitlers", "Africa's Great Lakes' Hitlers". Here is a new term I'm coining for this type of hyper-motivated offenders: "The Little Putins of East Africa".

My message over the years has been very straightforward: dictators are and will always be a threat to the world security. Therefore, it is time to create a dictatorship-free zone in East and Central Africa. A bon entendeur, salut!

In Response

by: wabenga from: new york
June 12, 2014 11:36 AM
Mr Kapenda, I really agree with you on these names you called these dictators, for me calling them dictators isn't enough, they are killers, murderers, genociders.., but please don't compare them with His excellency Mr PUTIN. He's a man of kind, straight forward & most of all a man against new world order that is the reason behind wars in DRC. Please inform yourself & understand why Mr PUTIN should be called a hero to all of us who are suffering from neo-colonisation/globalisation which benefits elites countries & individuals & exacerbates povert. PUTIN shouldn't be put in the same leugue with kagome, museveni, kabila & kenyatta all whom slaughtered innocent people.


by: NC from: Africa
June 12, 2014 6:39 AM
Although Mende told AFP (Reutre) and admitted that DRC soldiers accidently crossed into the Rwandan Border!? Confusing!

In Response

by: Highlandder from: Rwanda
June 16, 2014 7:13 AM
It is simple to take some innoncents, put on them FARDC camouflage and shoot them! So simple for Kagame!

In Response

by: Sabin from: KGL
June 12, 2014 11:44 AM
Mende's comments leaves a lot to be desired. bodies of congolese soldiers have been pictured at the side of Rwanda and it is evident that, they indeed occupied a part of Rwanda, and it is there that fighting took place which claimed 5 of the DRC soldiers, he is now lying to the media that the RDF abducted one of their soldiers which is virtually impossible.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Faminei
X
Daniel Schearf
November 23, 2014 4:32 PM
During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
Video

Video Law Enforcement, Activists in Ferguson Agree to Keep Peace

Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, say they have agreed with protest leaders to maintain peace when a grand jury reaches its decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager. Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, has been the scene of intermittent violence since the August 9 shooting intensified long-simmering antagonism between the police and the African-American community. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Gay Evangelicals Argue That Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

More than 30 U.S. states now recognize same-sex marriages, and an increasing number of mainline American churches are blessing them. But evangelical church members- which account for around 30 percent of the U.S. adult population - believe the Bible unequivocally condemns homosexuality. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender evangelicals are coming out. Backed by a prominent evangelical scholar, they argue that the traditional reading of the bible is wrong.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid