Kidnapping in the Eastern Congo: 'Grievance-oriented' struggles and criminality?

In this new blogpost ISS PhD researcher, Delphin Ntanyoma, discusses the common occurrence of violence and kidnapping in Eastern Congo, and its relation to the living condition as well as the socio-political aspects of the country.

From August to November last year, 83 cases of kidnapping were reported in Ruzizi Plain alone, part of Uvira territory in the Eastern Congo. While kidnapping can be viewed as a major problem in the DRC, Delphin Ntanyoma argues that it’s important to consider that violence in the Congo is deeply embedded in the demands for better living conditions coupled with other socio-political loopholes that have been created since the colonial era. 

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