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This Week in the Great Lakes: Congo and UN tango over child soldiers while US preaches engagement

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(Read caption) Roget Kambule, 14, stands with other demobilized child soldiers in Beni, in the rebel Congolese Liberation Front (FLC) part of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001. Roget, a veteran of two Congolese wars, lives with other demobilized child soldiers in a warehouse while waiting for international aid workers to arrive to begin his reintegration into civilian life.

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Since Kenya has declared the Monday after Christmas a normal work day, I thought I'd pitch in and give a roundup colossal enough to take you straight through the New Year.

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Two thousand women from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Sierra Leone and DRC marched in Rutshuru to demand better legal action against rape perpetrators. The UN's plan to protect villagers who survived mass rapes earlier this year by giving them communications equipment is foiled by the high cost of the equipment, which may make the villagers targets for further violence.

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