With the distraction of the U.S. election going on, world events are on the backburner. If the media doesn’t cover it, then it can’t be happening. Well, lots is going on.

Seven more are reported killed in the village of Kithevya near Beni, killed with knives. This massacre is attributed to ADF fighters who also pillaged the Kithevya health center. The angry villagers set fire to coffins that authorities had brought to bury the victims. The role of state, said the villagers, is to protect its citizens and not to bury them.


Women mourn the dead in Kithevya, near Beni

The election in Congo was constitutionally mandated to occur by this year end, but now there is talk of a delay of possibly two more years.  Clearly, President Kabila is stalling. There has been significant unrest as a result and many already killed in Kinshasa.  Talk of militia groups reforming is causing concern.  Many civilians are publicly chanting “Yebela” which means “Know it”, as in Kabila knows his time is up.  (It sounds like the equivalent of American calls to “Lock Her Up”.) Unless Kabila comes forward quickly with a clear plan to have elections without him as a candidate, there is going to bloodshed.

The UN and President Kabila are having their disagreements.  Ironically, the UN peacekeeping force is by far the most powerful armed force in the country, followed by Kabila’s elite and loyal 12,000 strong Presidential Guard.  If the UN is having a stabilizing factor in DRC today, it may be as a counter to Kabila.

Remember the search for Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army?  And that President Obama sent 100 U.S. marines to help find him?  Well, he hasn’t been found.  Uganda is declaring an end their involvement searching for him, saying that is he no longer a threat to Uganda.  Kony is thought to be in Sudan, Congo or CAR.

Speaking of CAR, 25 were killed on October 29 in clashes between Muslims and Christians.  4 were killed and 14 wounded during anti-UN protests, with most casualties caused by UN peacekeepers firing into the crowds.  And Canada is seriously thinking of sending our armed forces into this area?

In a classic example of government need for more revenues being everywhere, a serious clash has developed between the Batwa (pygmies) and the Luba in Katanga province, south east DRC.  The Batwa have long been subject to discrimination by whoever has power.  The Batwa were selling caterpillars in the local market but the dominant Luba considered caterpillars to be a delicacy that should be subject to extra tax.  16 people have died so far after the Batwa objected to the imposition of the tax.