Featured Essay: Rebel held Goma, DRC / by Dominic Nahr

In November 2012, M23 rebels took the town of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, after defeating the government army and walking past United Nation peacekeepers who had vowed to defend the city. Goma under the control of new administrators who had little interest in governance, leaving much of the city's government buildings and hospitals empty. Tens of thousands of people fleed as sporadic fighting broke out in the areas surrounding Goma.