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DRC’s General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels

DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
01/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
02/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
03/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
04/19
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General Francois Olenga entering the compound.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
05/19
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Soldiers outsie of the FARDC officers’ compound in Minova.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
06/19
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Soldiers inside the officer’s compound in Minova.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
07/19
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Soldiers inside the officer’s compound in Minova.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
08/19
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General Olenga being interviewed by my colleague.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
09/19
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General Olenga leaves the officer’s compound on his way to the rally.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
10/19
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General Olenga leaves the officer’s compound on his way to the rally.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
11/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
12/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
13/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
14/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
15/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
16/19
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A UN helicopter flies above FARDC soldiers.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
17/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
18/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
19/19
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The Minova rally, where over 2000 soldiers listened to the passionate encouragement of their leader, General Francois Olenga.
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels
  • DRCs General Francois Olenga rallies troops against the M23 rebels

DRC Army Chief of Staff Francois Olenga flew via helicopter from Kinshasa to Minova to rally his eastern FARDC troops against the M23 rebels.

The M23 currently occupies the towns of Sake, 20 kilometers north of Minova, and the North Kivu provincial capital of Goma, 30 kilometers to the east of Sake. The M23 promised to leave Sake and Goma on the previous day because of international pressure, claiming they would begin the process by piling the troops in trucks in Sake by 9am today and transporting them to Goma. However, at the time of the rally, no signs of any M23 troop movement to Goma were evident.

The general was considerably angry toward M23’s continued presence in Sake when we interviewed him today in Minova. He then walked to a large open field nearby where over 2000 of his troops had amassed. There he led a large rally to motivate his troops against the M23 and Rwanda – a country he believed is supporting the rebellion.

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