After two successive wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 1996 and 2003, armed groups, such as M23, have fought each other and the DRC army for power and natural resources.
The on-and-off conflicts have resulted in 2.4 million people being internally displaced and widespread human rights abuses: unlawful arrests, torture, extrajudicial executions, sexual violence and the recruitment of child soldiers.
But there are signs of hope, including a commitment to fair elections, according to Bishop Dieudonné Mbaya Tshiakany, of the DRC's Church of Christ. He recently visited Canada to talk about his country’s road to healing.
Produced and edited by Kevin Spurgaitis
Edited by Merle Robillard
Interview by Chantal Braganza
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Statistics by Amnesty International
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