One week ago, a rebel force known as the M23 took Goma, a crucialeastern city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, marking the latest battle in the country's long-running civil strife. The violence has created over 1 million refugees since this summer, and so far, despite an expensive and extensive mission, the United Nations has been able to do little to actually keep the peace. On Nov. 27, the leader of the rebel forces, Jean-Marie Runiga, said the rebels would ignore the deadline set to hand over the city to government forces issued by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, a coalition of the DRC's neighbors. Runiga told reporters the rebels would continue to occupy the capital until a new set of conditions were agreed on. Whether the rebels will advance to the city of Bukavu or attempt to spread the insurrection spread to the country's capital, Kinshasha, remains to be seen. As James Verini writes for FP from Goma, the civilian population is both sick of its government and yet afraid of reports of atrocities that follow the movements of the M23. Here's a look at the state of the country as the violence continues.
Above, United Nations armored personnel carriers drive towards a U.N. base in Monigi, just outside Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Nov. 18. Government soldiers were fleeing Goma as rebels advanced.