The Badilika Congo Blog: The Advancement of M23

The purpose of the Badilika Congo Blog (Badilika means “change” in Kiswahili) is to feature voices of Congolese youth who have much to say about their lives and country but lack the resources to access the internet. This post is another in this series by Ali Bitenga.

Dear citizens of Congo,

Most of the government soldiers are now based around Kavumu to secure the airport so it may not fall in the hands of M23.  I spoke to two soldiers in Bukavu this afternoon and they told me they are not going to fight because they are hungry. They said, “‘What are we going to die for?” That’s a national shame! The goverment has a poor, uneducated, and undisciplined army. It can not resist such a well structured Rwandan army. Only international pressure can save us. If there is no international pressure on M23 and on Rwanda, even Kinshasa will fall and Kabila will be easily overthrown. It is time to reorganize our army and give it everything it needs to ensure our national defense and security. The M23 are advancing as rapidly as wild fire because we have no army and we have no government. All of that is due to our collective failure in choosing the right leaders to lead the nation to a new age. It is time to turn the page and write a new chapter for the history of the great Congo. May God bless Congo!

About Lee Ann De Reus

Executive Director, DV LEAP; Co-founder, Panzi Foundation USA
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