Calamities in the Congo

The twelve day occupation of Congo's eastern town of Goma by the M23 Rebels left the town devastated. This gallery shows the jubilation and trials of the aftermath as the rebels have pulled out and the Congolese government army has taken its place, much to the relief of the townspeople.—Photos by Agencies

Congolese FARDC government soldiers get briefed after they arrive in Goma, eastern Congo. Several hundred Congo army soldiers returned to the key eastern city of Goma, as rebels remained poised nearby and a possible fight loomed for the city of 1 million inhabitants.?Photo by AP
Congolese FARDC government soldiers get briefed after they arrive in Goma, eastern Congo. Several hundred Congo army soldiers returned to the key eastern city of Goma, as rebels remained poised nearby and a possible fight loomed for the city of 1 million inhabitants.?Photo by AP
Recruits of the newly formed Congolese Revolutionary Army march during military training in Rumangabo military camp, Democratic Republic of Congo.?Photo by Reuters
Recruits of the newly formed Congolese Revolutionary Army march during military training in Rumangabo military camp, Democratic Republic of Congo.?Photo by Reuters
Internally displaced Congolese  wait for food to be distributed by WFP at the Mugunga 3 camp outside the eastern Congolese town of Goma. Rebels say they will take back Congo
Internally displaced Congolese wait for food to be distributed by WFP at the Mugunga 3 camp outside the eastern Congolese town of Goma. Rebels say they will take back Congo's city of Goma if the government does not agree to negotiate with them by Monday.?Photo by AP
Residents of the district around the military barracks celebrate as a Congolese government army (FARDC) soldier arrives back in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo troops entered the eastern mining hub of Goma Monday, two days after rebel M23 fighters ended an almost fortnight-long occupation in line with a regionally brokered deal.?Photo by AFP
Residents of the district around the military barracks celebrate as a Congolese government army (FARDC) soldier arrives back in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo troops entered the eastern mining hub of Goma Monday, two days after rebel M23 fighters ended an almost fortnight-long occupation in line with a regionally brokered deal.?Photo by AFP
A newly deployed police officer walks in Goma port. Hundreds of rebel fighters, singing and brandishing weapons, pulled out of Congo
A newly deployed police officer walks in Goma port. Hundreds of rebel fighters, singing and brandishing weapons, pulled out of Congo's eastern border city of Goma on Saturday, raising hopes for negotiations to end the insurgency.?Photo by Reuters
A Congolese national police officer runs with a machine gun in the city of Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. M23 rebels pulled out of Goma yesterday, leaving the United Nations and the police in the city, many of whom had deserted to M23 when it fell to rebel control.?Photo by AFP
A Congolese national police officer runs with a machine gun in the city of Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. M23 rebels pulled out of Goma yesterday, leaving the United Nations and the police in the city, many of whom had deserted to M23 when it fell to rebel control.?Photo by AFP
An internally displaced Congolese woman waits for food to be distributed by WFP at the Mugunga 3 camp outside the eastern Congolese town of Goma. The M23 rebels completed their withdrawal of the eastern Congo city on Saturday, in compliance with an agreement reached between the rebel group and a regional body.?Photo by AP
An internally displaced Congolese woman waits for food to be distributed by WFP at the Mugunga 3 camp outside the eastern Congolese town of Goma. The M23 rebels completed their withdrawal of the eastern Congo city on Saturday, in compliance with an agreement reached between the rebel group and a regional body.?Photo by AP
Thousands of Congolese flee the town of Sake, towards the camp for IDP
Thousands of Congolese flee the town of Sake, towards the camp for IDP's of Mugunga, following fresh fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Mugunga III camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP's) has been attacked by "armed men" overnight. The men raped several women, looted, and kidnapped a dozen boys, aged between 15 and 17.?Photo by AFP
A newly deployed police officer carries her child in Goma port .The withdrawal of the M23 rebel movement from Goma on Lake Kivu, a strategic hub in Democratic Republic of Congo
A newly deployed police officer carries her child in Goma port .The withdrawal of the M23 rebel movement from Goma on Lake Kivu, a strategic hub in Democratic Republic of Congo's war-scarred east, was agreed in a deal brokered by presidents of the Great Lakes states under Uganda's leadership a week ago.?Photo by Reuters
An internally displaced Congolese  boy waits for food to be distributed by WFP at the Mugunga 3 camp outside the eastern Congolese town of Goma.?Photo by AP
An internally displaced Congolese boy waits for food to be distributed by WFP at the Mugunga 3 camp outside the eastern Congolese town of Goma.?Photo by AP
A child watches as Congolese government army (FARDC) soldiers return to the military barracks in Goma eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.?Photo by AFP
A child watches as Congolese government army (FARDC) soldiers return to the military barracks in Goma eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.?Photo by AFP

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