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The support network of M23 rebels in DRC

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The eastern DRC remains plagued by dozens of foreign and regional armed groups. The M23 rebel group emerged in 2012 as one of the most formidable armed groups in DRC, carrying out brutal attacks, executing prisoners of war, and recruiting child soldiers. The group collapsed in November 2013 following a military campaign by the Congolese armed forces, backed by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO). Even so, the UN Group of Experts reported in December 2013 that a number of sanctioned M23 leaders continue to move freely in Uganda and that M23 members continue to openly recruit members in Rwanda despite declaring an end to their rebellion on 5 November 2013. Also, numerous armed groups in the DRC continue to pose security threats, such as the FDLR and ADF, who are responsible for grave human rights violations and massive displacement.

The interactive graphic shown below visualizes the complex M23 support networks documented in UN report S/2012/843, pursuant to resolution 1533 (2004).

The creation and use of this data visualisation are discussed in length in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development. To view the full article, please visit: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/sta.dd.

Showing connections to M23.

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