The independent Burundian human rights organisation Iteka reported earlier this week that 20 people suspected of belonging to the rebel group Parti pour la libération du peuple Hutu-Forces nationales pour la libération (Palipehutu-FNL) had been arrested and are being detained by security police. One woman detainee was said to have been tortured and to be in a critical condition.
As the South African government, after deploying so many troops there has discovered, Africa's Great Lakes region is a complex place. Yet it is a region outsiders have consistently interpreted through fallacious simplification, and myths dressed up as history. Gregory Mthembu-Salter welcomes an insightful historical tome.
A little more than 60 days into the implementation of a South Africa-brokered peace agreement between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, the signs are good. In the agreement the Rwandan government said it would pull all its troops out of the Congo within 90 days.