Congolese suffer from increasing violence

Congolese suffer from increasing violence

A congolese rebel

Rebel militia are continuing attacks on civilians

The long-running civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo officially came to an end in 2003 and thousands of UN soldiers have been deployed to keep the peace.

But for civilians living in North and South Kivu provinces in the east of the country the conflict has not ended.

They remain victims of different militias, in particular the Interahamwe, made up of those who took part in the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda or their descendants.

Levels of security are now so bad that international aid agencies working in the east have suspended their activities after attacks on their staff.

The principal victims of the increasing violence are Congolese civilians, 80% of whom are women and children.

On Newshour last year, we heard the shocking testimony of one woman, Zawadi Mongane, who was abducted by the Interahamwe militia and saw most of her family murdered.

A year on, our reporter Pascale Harter went back with a BBC team to find Zawadi again.

Listen Listen to Pascale Harter's report (5 mins 30 secs)

First broadcast 11th April