DRC: Rebels in Goma

 
 
 
  • Residents of Goma react as they listen to M23 rebel group spokesman at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lt.-Col. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • Residents run through the city following the sound of shell fire and gunshots in Goma, the major eastern city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rebels and government troops in DRC resumed fighting on the outskirts of the key city of Goma, witnesses said. Weapons fire occurred in the neighbourhoods of Munigi and Mudga, to the north and northwest of the city, causing Goma residents to flee south or toward the Rwanda border. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • The body of a Congolese Army soldier lies on the ground in front of a tank left by government troops in the Ndosho district of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lokuli's father, a government military doctor, was killed in fighting yesterday between the government army and M23 rebels as they took the provincial capital. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • Internally displaced Congolese sit inside a United Nations base in Monigi, 5km from Goma, as they seek shelter after being forced to flee a temporary IDP camp on the outskirts of Goma where battles between M23 soldiers and Congolese regular army soldiers took place. Government soldiers were fleeing the eastern Goma in large numbers today as rebels advanced to the gates of the regional capital after fresh fighting erupted in the area last week, a UN source said. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • An internally displaced Congolese lady carries her belongings as she enters a United Nations base in Monigi, 5km from Goma, as they seek shelter after being forced to flee a temporary IDP camp on the outskirts of Goma where battles between M23 soldiers and Congolese regular army soldiers took place, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • A displaced Congolese woman who is sheltering at a nearby United Nations base walks through an abandoned camp for the displaced in Kanyarucinya on the outskirts of Goma in the restive North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thousands fled the impromptu camp for displaced persons following heavy fighting between the Congolese government army, supported by the United Nations, and M23 rebels. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • A Congolese lady runs through the city following the sound of shell fire and gunshots in Goma. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • A Congolese family walks towards the Rwandan border with their belongings in the restive city of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Residents of Goma were congregating near to the border this morning, fearing a fresh outbreak of fighting between M23 rebels and government troops. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • Kadogo Ombeni, 27, stands near the Rwandan border with Congo with a suitcase on his head after fleeing his home in the Bujovu Kabutembo district of Goma. Kadogo Ombeni said that government troops told residents of the area to "evacuate" their homes last night, as the risk of an assault between M23 rebels and the army grew. "If the authorities allow me to cross the border, I will. I don't have anywhere else to take refuge" he said. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • Surrendered police officers hand-in their weapons at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. M23 rebels - who took the city yesterday - called on any remaining policemen and army soldiers to assemble at the stadium this morning to officially surrender and hand-in their weapons. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama addresses a crowd at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma. Lt.-Col. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • A surrendered police officer stands at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma. M23 rebels - who took the city yesterday - called on any remaining policemen and army soldiers to assemble at the stadium this morning to officially surrender and hand-in their weapons. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • A resident of Goma stands at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • Lokuli Loleko Prince reacts to finding the body of his father in the Ndosho district of Goma. Lokuli's father, a government military doctor, was killed in fighting yesterday between the government army and M23 rebels as they took the provincial capital. Lokuli and his two brothers came across his father's body by chance in the western district of Goma, having searched in the morgue and a hospital. (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • A young boy jumps through a hole as others peer through on the wall of a cell at Muzenze prison in Goma. Almost all inmates of Goma's main prison managed to break out after prison warders abandoned their positions to flee from advancing M23 rebels. The M23 rebel group, which says it now controls all of Goma and nearby crossing points on the border with Rwanda vowed today it would not stop at Goma, after seizing the key eastern city this week. (Tony Karumba, AFP)
  • Residents of Goma look at the body of a man yesterday killed on the roadside the previous day after M23 rebels seized control of Goma. (Tony Karumba, AFP)
  • An injured Congolese government army soldier lies in a bed at the military hospital in Goma's army barracks in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The barracks were abandoned when government troops lost the city yesterday, leaving 52 casualties, 46 of whom were government soldiers. "All of our team remained during the clashes" said Dr. Ntumba Stephane, a military doctor. "We were not given the order to leave". (Phil Moore, AFP)
  • An injured Congolese government army soldier lies in a bed at the military hospital in Goma's army barracks in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Phil Moore, AFP)