Refugees in Rwamwanja Want Kabila to Talk Peace with Rebels

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Congolese refugees living in Rwamwanja settlement camp in Kamwenge district want President Joseph Kabila to restore peace in the war-torn Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congolese refugees living in Rwamwanja settlement camp in Kamwenge district want President Joseph Kabila to restore peace in the war-torn Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hundreds of Congolese refugees have continued to flock Uganda fleeing political instability caused by fighting between the government forces and the M23 rebels, who sometimes call themselves Congolese Revolutionary Army.

Over 30.000 Congolese refugees mostly women and children are currently living at Rwamwanja settlement c amp alone.  Uganda hosts 200.000 refugees mostly from DRC, south Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi.

George Bizimana, a former English student at Goma University and now in Rwamwanja, appeals to President Kabila to talk peace with all the rebel groups in the DRC to restore peace in the country.

Bizimana, aged 30 years, says Congolese nationals living in Ugandan camps are suffering and want peace to prevail in their country such that they can be able to return home.

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Nirere Matata, another Congolese refugee says they have experienced suffering as result of rebel attacks since 1994 when the first batch of former Rwandan soldiers entered their country and teamed up with existing groups to fight the government DRC Government.

Nirere says President Kabila should be straight in decision-making and become tough like other leaders in the region in order to bring order in his country.

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Recent efforts by regional leaders have eased tension in DRC, with the M23 rebels accepting to withdraw from all controlled towns including Goma, the North Kivu capital that they captured over a week ago.

But the rebels insist that the Kabila government should put in place a clear political road-map to end the crisis. They also want direct talks with the government.