Violence Erupts in Eastern Congo

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Rebel soldiers stand over munition belts on a hilltop.

Rebel soldiers stand over munition belts on a hilltop above Mushake, Congo on Thursday, Dec. 13.

In a recent surge of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been caught in the crossfire as government troops and rebel fighters fight over land and natural resources. Ethnic tensions have worsened the conflict and thousands of people have been displaced.

Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR's West Africa Correspondent

Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

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