Last November the international press depicted North Kivu, DRC, as a
war zone.¬† Media reported homes burning, people chased by gunfire, the
rapes of women, and children taken to be soldiers.¬† Gunfire and screams
filled the TV screen.
On 21 January 2009, Rosemarie Milazzo and Cliff
Kindy left in the morning darkness on a bus full of baggage and
travelers, eager to get to Butembo on the way north through North Kivu
to Bunia.¬† At the first checkpoint, soldiers laughingly said, "All is
well.¬† The war is over."¬† The scene was one of movement: CNDP rebel
soldiers traveling south towards incorporation into government forces,
government soldiers traveling north to replace the rebels.¬† Further
north CPTers saw Rwandan troops.¬† A passenger explained they had
crossed the border under an agreement with the DRC government.