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Kabila’s big gamble

Laurent Nkunda may have been captured. But will Congo and its neighbours be able to trust each other enough to bring any lasting peace to the region?

By Ben Simon   February 2009

For decades, it has seemed the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda, would never end. The governments of these countries seemed unable—indeed unwilling—to work together reign in the various rebel groups rampaging across their borders. Deeply suspicious of each other’s motives, they have preferred to fund, back, or turn a blind eye to the insurgencies. But this could be about to change.

Last November I was in Kiwanja, a small trading town near Goma in eastern Congo, standing among a group of rebel fighters. One of them passed by me and whispered in…

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