Posted on Saturday 25 October 2008 - 10:25
Solomon Tembang Mforgham, AfricaNews reporter in Limbe, Cameroon Photo: Christophe Rigaud
Rebels in Congo have rejected UN calls for a ceasefire. This comes amid growing concerns that renewed fighting is fueling a humanitarian crisis. The rebel leader said he requested peace negotiations under a neutral mediator and there has been no response to the call made in a letter to the head of the UN's mission in Congo.
"The only response we have is the condemnation of the international community of the UN Security Council. We are surprised by this. And we are saying that we are asking for these negotiations. If there is [are] no negotiations we are going to fight this [Congolese] government until we will be free forever," Nkunda is quoted to have said. Nkunda said in his letter that he was withdrawing from a January peace agreement with the government in Kinshasa and was expanding his struggle to free the entire nation of 65 million people. The United Nations Security Council on 22 October, 2008 called on all armed groups in eastern Congo to lay down their arms and surrender without preconditions.It also called on the armed forces of Congo and neighboring countries to cease any support for the belligerents.The hostilities have strained relations between Congo, Rwanda and Uganda who accuse each other of supporting rebellions against them.Nkunda previously said his forces were defending ethnic-Tutsi Congolese, called Banyamulenge, who immigrated from Rwanda decades ago. They are being targeted by remnants of Hutu militias that fled into eastern Congo following the Rwandan genocide 14 years ago.Several other rebel groups, including the Uganda-based Lord's Resistance Army, have also been staging attacks in northeastern Congo. The latest fighting broke out again in late August. Humanitarian groups say it has led to a resurgence of atrocities against civilians and has displaced more than 100,000 people.
........D'Lynn Waldron's commentary on this written in 2001
........Lumumba's telegram regarding troops being brought in, etc.
........D'Lynn Waldron's commentary on her time in the Congo written in 2001
........Lumumba's typed statements on his policies for the Congo with D'Lynn Waldron's handwritten questions
........Patrice Lumumba's statements on his policies for the Congo in D'Lynn Waldron's handwritten interview notes
........Lumumba's statements about the Belgian Admin and General Janssens in Stanleyville (document is a VERY large file!)
........Cable with Lumumba's statements sent by D'Lynn Waldron and not published by Scripps-Howard Newspapers
........Messages carried between Lumumba and General Janssens by D'Lynn Waldron with Lumumba's handwritten comments
.......D'Lynn Waldron's report on conflict between General Jannsens and Patrice Lumumba
.......Refusals of Belgian Administration to transmit D'Lynn Waldron's press cables about Lumumba
.......TIME Magazine's slanders of Patrice Lumumba May 1960
......D'Lynn Waldron's cable to American Consulate in Uganda about hitch hiking out of Congo through Ruanda Urundi
........A GALLERY OF PICTURES OF PATRICE LUMUMBA
........Response to a reader asking why Lumumba was assassinated
.......Raoul Peck's movie "Lumumba" a discussion by D'Lynn Waldron
.......Ludo De Witt's book "The Assassination of Lumumba" a brief review by D'Lynn Waldron
.......E-Mail with historical data concerning her father and family from Dorothee Gizenga
THE TRIBAL WAR IN THE KASAI FOSTERED BY BELGIUM BEFORE INDEPENDENCE TO CREATE CHAOS ALLOWING THEM TO TAKE BACK THE CONGO'S MINERAL-RICH AREAS OF KATANGA AND THE KASAI.
.........The Tribal War In Luluabourg- D'Lynn Waldron's 1960 headline story
.........Kasai section of D'Lynn Waldron's book "Secret in the Heart of Darkness"
........Henry N. Taylor killed filling in for D'Lynn Waldron in Luluabourg the Congo
........Journeys on the Congo and Kasai Rivers
D'LYNN WALDRON IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ESCAPE FROM THE SECRET POLICE
.........D'Lynn Waldron escapes the secret police in South Africa
D'LYNN WALDRON'S PHOTOS AND SKETCHES OF AFRICA
.........A large gallery of Africa Photographs
.........Gallery of Lumumba photographs
........OLD PICTURE MAP OF THE MAJOR TRIBES OF THE PRE-COLONIAL CONGO
.........Sketch of man in the interior, on the Congo River