This Week in the Great Lakes: Congo and UN tango over child soldiers while US preaches engagement
A holiday season roundup of this week's news from Africa's Great Lakes region: women march in the Congo for more legal action against rapists, Rwandan journalists petition for changes to defamation laws, and Al Shabab remains a threat in Burundi.
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A Ugandan military official says the country’s troops will remain in the DRC and South Sudan until Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group, is captured. Climate change reroutes the river between Uganda and Congo, wreaking havoc on farms.
China's first white paper on its economic engagement with the continent declares, "China shows great concern for the livelihood of African people." Two Chinese mine managers face trial on charges of shooting 12 Zambian miners in October.
An exotic animal smuggling ring, moving everything from leopard skins to live animals across four central African countries, is broken. The mountain gorilla population has grown 25 percent since 2003.
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