This Week in the Great Lakes: Ben Affleck explains why Congo is worth caring about
A roundup of this week's news from Africa's Great Lakes region: Rwanda offers shares in its only brewery, Burundi sends 850 more soldiers to Somalia, and Ben Affleck talks about Congo.
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Thirty-three prisoners escaped from a jail in Bulowo, near Lubambashi. "This jailbreak is not linked to bad prison conditions, though we have just one holding area, in which those sentenced for 30 years are next to those serving a few months," the prison director said.
Burundi sends 850 more soldiers to Somalia, bringing the deployment total to 8,000. The Ugandan force commander says the mission needs another 12,000. Burundi asks for a review of the AU mission's mandate.
Four people were killed in a shootout with government forces near the border with DRC. Burundi opposition leaders ask for dialogue. Burundi's ruling party snubs a dialogue meeting of the diaspora in Holland.
In the region, the East African Community is short on cash. The UN asks for money. The US asked for DNA and other biometric data on Great Lakes political VIPs. A regional peace forum questions the controversial UN Congo Mapping report. Rwanda and Burundi refuse to sign a non-proliferation agreement on light weapons; eight other countries have.