Resistance Patriots of Dongo

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The Resistance Patriots of Dongo (French: Patriotes résistants de Dongo) was a possible rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that participated in the Dongo conflict.

The group was believed to operate in Dongo, a small town in the north-west DRC on the border with the Republic of the Congo where ethnic violence flared in 2009 during a local dispute between Enyele and Monzaya ethnic groups.[1] Tensions came to a head on 30 October 2009 when 47 people were massacred. The violence was allegedly incited by a shaman named Udjani.[2]

Shortly after the initial violence, Ambroise Lobala Mokobe (thought to be a pseudonym for Benjamin Nyambaka)[1] announced the formation of an anti-government rebel group called the Resistance Patriots of Dongo. In a press statement, Lobala accused the Congolese government of Joseph Kabila of being controlled by foreigners, and especially by Rwanda.[2] However, Lobala is believed to be part of the Congolese diaspora and was not actually in Dongo. His rebel group is thus generally regarded as an opportunistic, largely fictional creation.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Exclusive interview on Dongo crisis with Refugees International". Congo Research Group. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "What's going on in Dongo?". Congo Research Group. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2017.