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Upheaval in the Congo
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

"There are no good guys in this conflict," writes GlobalPost's Tristan McConnell.

He explains:

"Congo’s government, described universally as self-serving and inept, created the vacuum that M23 and its Rwandan sponsors are filling. The United Nations has accused Rwanda of fueling the war through its greed and ethnic self-protection, an instinct born out of the trauma of the 1994 genocide. The United Nations also believes Uganda — which is playing the role of regional mediator — is supporting the rebels."

It's the civilians who bear the brunt of the violence. They say all they want is peace.

More from GlobalPost: In Congo conflict, there are no good guys

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Congolese demonstrators stage a protest on Nov. 27 outside the UN offices in Pretoria.

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Congolese demonstrators stage a protest on Nov. 27 outside the UN offices in Pretoria.

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Congolese demonstrators set alight a US flag with 'Nazi' written on it as they stage a protest on Nov. 27 outside the UN offices in Pretoria.

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A man takes part in a demonstration on Nov. 27 in front of the UN headquarters in Pretoria against UN peacekeeping troops in Goma failing to protect women and children against the M23 rebels.

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Chief of staff of the Democratic Republic of Congo ground forces Colonel Francois Olenga is seen with his troops, on Nov. 25 near their base in Minova, 70 kilometres south of Goma.

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A displaced Congolese child stands in the sports hall of a religious organization on the outskirts of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Nov. 25.

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A displaced Congolese woman carries her belongings in the grounds of a religious organization on the outskirts of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Nov. 25.

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Displaced Congolese children stand against the gate of a religious organisation on the outskirts of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Nov. 25,

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Displaced Congolese people stand at a camp for the internally displaced in Mugunga, on Nov. 24.

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Displaced Congolese listen with others for their names called out, on Nov. 24 in Mugunga, during a food distribution exercise conducted by humanitarian agencies.

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Thousands of Congolese flee the town of Sake, 26km west of Goma, following renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo town on Nov. 22.

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A displaced Congolese child from Goma sits on a mattress in the town of Sake, 26km west of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Nov. 22.

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