FDLR receiving foreign support-former rebels say
Former rebel fighters with the FDLR outfit have provided new evidence on the involvement of the international community in the ongoing regional conflict that has for decades caused political issues between Rwanda and DR Congo.
The former rebels say that the Remnants of the Genocidal force are getting support from international organization and the help includes providing foodstuff and transportation equipment such as vehicles, which has enabled the rebels to maintain their stronghold in the DR Congo.
The Rwandan government has previously appealed to the international community to chip-in to oust the FDLR rebels with an argument that the rebels have been the main cause of regional instabilities since they enjoy backing from the Congolese government.
Rwanda’s minister of Foreign affairs, Louis Mushikiwabo has been quoted saying regional peace cannot be fully attained unless the issue of the FDLR rebels is dealt with once and for all, with the help of the international community.
The same issue was raised by regional media during the LiveAtState online press conference on Wednesday February 11 and the main host, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Assistant Secretary-Bureau of African Affairs said that the US is fully aware of the situation in DR Congo and all rebel groups will be dealt with equally by the US in its mandate to restore peace.
Testimonies from former FDLR fighters, who have since escaped to Rwanda, say that they have been receiving support from organization like Partnership for Change (PFC)- which is based on DR Congo, but continues to follow up the fighters in the refugee camps (Rubaya, Kibabi in Masisi-North Kivu) giving them support in exchange for the minerals.
Simeon Manirakiza, 21, who defected in 2013, says that over 200 FDLR rebels in his camp refused to repatriate because of the assurance of support and care from Partnership for Change organization-of which the rebels have continued to work for to cartel minerals through the camps.
Manirakiza states that security operations are conducted by the FDLR rebels since the Congolese government soldiers don’t come close to the camps and a data base of the rebels is conducted by officials of Partnership for Change- mostly Africans.