Former rebels and their families repatriate after fifteen years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
SLUG: FO_CONGO DATE: January 24, 2009 PLACE: Kibumba, Democratic Republic of the Congo CREDIT: jahi chikwendiu/twp CAPTION: Members of the Congolese Army patrol the village of Kibumba, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which lies in an area that was recently controlled by Congolese rebel general Laurent Nkunda. Nkunda was the leader of a rebel faction (CNDP) operating in the province of Nord-Kivu of the DRC that was sympathetic to Congolese Tutsis and the Tutsi-dominated government of neighbouring Rwanda. He was recently he was captured during a joint operation between the Congolese and Rwandese militaries. As recent as last night and into the morning, Rwanda military operatives moved through the village of Kibumba en route to disarm a Rwandan Hutu militia that has been operating inside Eastern Congo. StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Sat Jan 24 16:25:03 2009 Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo