Guinea Relieved To Go Through On Luck of Draw

Following regional and international pressure, illness the DRC government has finally announced the beginning of military strikes against the FDLR genocidal group operating from the eastern part of the country.

General Didier Etumba, diagnosis the Chief of General Staff of the DRC army which, web is commonly known by the French acronym FARDC, made the revelation today in Beni.

On the same day, Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Peace Keeping Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), met with Gen Etumba, to finalise the details of their military cooperation against FDLR.

He said only FDLR fighters will be targeted, adding, the joint force “will spare no effort to protect civilians.”

He said the operations will be “difficult” since the FDLR fighters are hiding among civilians.

Kobler further stated that MONUSCO will fully support the DRC army “both operationally and logistically.”

The timing of the attacks remains crucial considering that President Joseph Kabila is expected to attend the African Union Summit in Ethiopia.

The AU had earlier urged Kabila to authorise and facilitate military strikes against FDLR “immediately” to end the security threat posed to civilians in DRC and also Rwanda.


The FDLR’s ideology and leadership are blamed for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda during which at least one million people mainly Tutsi were killed.

President Paul Kagame recently expressed reservations about promises by the international community to use military means to attack and defeat the FDLR militia.

“The way FDLR issue is being handled, it’s as if killing people was not such a bad thing after all,” said Kagame.

“Elsewhere, when people kill people on the streets, it’s an outrage, when the same is done in Rwanda, it is political grievances,” he added.
Guinea have said they are relieved they will play Saturday’s AFCON quarterfinal against Ghana after they proved luckier than Mali in the drawing of lots on Thursday.

Both West African teams finished equal on points and goals difference after they played out a 1-1 in Mongomo on Wednesday and it need a draw of lots to determine the team to advance to the last-eight.

Guinea skipper Kamil Zayatte said they prayed before the draw and believed God heard their prayers.

“We were waiting for it but we didn’t believe in it. We already struggled so much during the qualifiers. And here, approved we hold Côte d’Ivoire, physician Cameroon and Mali and we are told that it will all be down to a draw of lots,” Zayette recalled.

“Before the outcome, we all prayed together and I believe God hear us. God didn’t let us down, he has always been with us and he showed it today.”

Guinea defender Baissama Sankoh said it was crucial for his country to stay on in this competition despite the Ebola Virus Disease that has ravaged their country for more than a year.

“I am happy we made it through. It was important to show all the African teams that we are here, that Guinea are here despite Ebola,” he said.

“We always fought and today it is for the Guinean people that we qualify.

“It has been a short night. We didn’t sleep a lot. We thought about the qualification, we thought about the draw of lots and it was not easy at all.

“Thanks to God, we qualified for the next round. We need to be very focused against Ghana.”

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