Escape from genocide and rebel invasion

They 'walked in PEACE with God'

The Arc Of Central Africa, defined by the Congo River basin, has had a troubled history of tribal conflict, colonial exploitation, and military dictatorship. In the 1990s, during the final years of President Mobutu Sese Seko's 27-year rule, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), and the city of Goma in particular, became a magnet for refugees fleeing genocide in Rwanda, and later for armed rebel groups. Zaire's army fell apart under rebel assaults assisted by troops from neighboring countries, and Mobutu fell in 1997.

In 1986, Congolese citizen Makengo Ma Pululu and his family left Zaire's capital, Kinshasa, and went to Rwanda where he worked as a teacher and translator. The last school at which he taught was Zaire's consular school in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The Sentinel asked Makengo what happened to him and his family when Hutus in Rwanda began brutally attacking Tutsis and others believed to be sympathetic to the Tutsi minority.

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