‘It shouldn’t be happening again’: M23 rebels return to wreak havoc in DRC squib

Ten years ago, M23 rebels forced thousands from their homes in North Kivu until they were defeated. But now they are back

Joseph Semaska was 15 when the M23 rebels marched on his home in Kibumba. It was 2012 and, with his parents, he headed on foot to Goma. For more than a year, the teenager lived in a refugee camp, eating rations distributed by aid agencies, missing out on school and watching helplessly as diseases spread through the settlement.

“My mother died there,” he says.

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