Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rwandan Hutu fighters in Congo surrendering in large numbers: U.N.

Good People,

Martin Kobler, head of the U.N. mission in Congo has done a wonderful job even under constraint circumstances where conflict of interest dominated by special interest in the area dictated control in the region. Martin saw the sufferings and pain of Africans in the region and marched forward to save human beings who were already assigned death certificate and he demonstrated commitment and genuine need to save and free the poor and miserable Congo people.

Mr. Kobler was determined to save innocent disadvantaged children and women who were made victims of circumstances, from organized terrorists and from extinct by doing the right thing.

There were conspiracies from those of the Special Interest who organized all manner of Negotiations with undercutting Deals to defeat the good cause but Mr. Kobler remained true and consistent, and it is clear God was on his side to save the poor and helpless mostly the disadvantaged............

Without his able leadership things would not have been the same. To just say "Thank You" to Mr. Kobler and team with all those UN joint Forces is not enough...........But his reward shall be paid to him by God.........

May God Bless and preserve him so he may live to see the happiness shine on the faces of those he saved from the slaughter houses, the lives that were destined to perish because of GREED of the Special Interest..........and yes, God shall never forsake his people ......... I am simply just overwhelmed.

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

Rwandan Hutu fighters in Congo surrendering in large numbers: U.N.
Wednesday December 11th 2013 === 6:50P.M.
1 hour ago
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Members of a Rwandan Hutu militia in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been surrendering in large numbers to U.N. peacekeepers trying to neutralize armed groups in the region, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.
Congolese troops and the U.N. peacekeeping mission - which includes a unique Intervention Brigade mandated to eliminate armed groups in eastern Congo - have turned their attention to combating the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) after defeating the Tutsi-led M23 rebel group last month.
Martin Kobler, head of the U.N. mission, said operations against the FDLR began on November 27. He said the group had up to 1,800 fighters, but only 30 percent were Hutus who fled Rwanda after the 1994 genocide of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus.
"Most of them are young people, 70 percent of them are young people below the age of 30. They were not involved in the 1994 genocide so it is easier for them also to surrender to us," Kobler told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council on the situation in Congo behind closed doors.
"We have quite a number of surrenderees, a whole platoon every month is surrendering without fighting," he said.
Millions of people have died from violence, disease and hunger in eastern Congo since the 1990s while dozens of rebel groups have fought for control of its rich deposits of gold, diamonds, copper, cobalt and uranium.
French U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud, the president of the Security Council for December, said Kobler told the 15-member Security Council that tackling the FDLR involved a different approach to that used against the M23 rebels.
"There is a major obstacle in that the FDLR are living with their families," Araud told reporters.
"The M23 was waging a traditional war with a front with armed forces quite easily identifiable while the FDLR are small groups, very, very often living in small villages with their families, which means among civilians," he said.
Kobler also spoke about the unarmed surveillance drones that the United Nations started to use earlier this month to monitor the volatile border between Congo and its neighbors Rwanda and Uganda.
"This is a deterrent I think to all armed groups," Kobler told reporters. "If you see the imagery, you can seen from 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) children playing football in a backyard and you can identify the faces."
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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