On the November 20, 2012, the armed group called M23 took over the town of Goma in the North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo. This event is just one more step into the chaos cycle DRC has ... more 
On the November 20, 2012, the armed group called M23 took over the town of Goma in the North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo. This event is just one more step into the chaos cycle DRC has been embedded in since almost twenty years. Paced by less dramatic periods once in a while, the mutiny of integrated soldiers, previously CNDP rebels, has plunged the country back in the old influence conflict pattern. This stereotype denomination involves mass rapes, arbitrary killings, major internal displacement, child soldiers, looting and plundering of natural resources and households. This conflict is the longest of the twentieth century resulting in more casualties than World War II. Yet, it is facing the worst reaction ever, weariness of the International Community. Some NGOs call it the Congo Coma of the chaos cycle. (Colin Delfosse, Belgium, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards)

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