DRC: Former M23 rebels return home from Uganda

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Uganda’s government has repatriated 70 former Congolese rebels and 10 family members to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The group was previously members of the M23 rebel group, which was defeated by government forces five years ago, forcing them out of the DRC. However, the former rebels and their family members have returned home after voluntarily agreeing to participate in Uganda’s repatriation programme.

Former rebels return home

The M23 rebel group were integrated into the Congolese army as part of a peace deal signed in 2009 but the group rebelled again in 2012, claiming the deal had not been respected. The rebels were able to seize control of the city of Goma in eastern DRC but were defeated a year later by a joint military effort comprising of UN and Congolese soldiers.

Hundreds of M23 rebels ended up in Ugandan camps following the defeat and a total of 326 have been officially repatriated now that the latest group of 70 are back home.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.