For more than a year, the M23 rebel group has been fighting Congolese government forces for a swath of territory in eastern Congo, the scene of one of Africa’s longest and most complex conflicts. Freelance photojournalist Neil Brandvold traveled to region for a rare glimpse into the militia’s operations, just as fighting flared between the two sides this summer.
M23 rebels load their weapons in anticipation of government helicopter strikes north of the city of Goma last month. The group’s name refers to a failed peace agreement reached on March 23, 2009, that called for various rebel groups to be integrated into the national army. Neil Brandvold/For The Washington Post Buy Photo