Here are some photos from Monday and Tuesday’s battle for the city of Goma between rebel group M23 and the Congolese army. The city appears to be back to “normal” although banks are still closed, and no one is certain what will happen next and how life will change.
The Virunga Alternative Energy facility in Munigi on the edge of Goma was in the center of the battle when the cease-fire ended on Monday afternoon. Balemba and about 30 rangers hid in the offices, crouched on the floor during the worst of the fighting with mortars and tanks firing at each other just meters away. Thankfully they suffered no injuries, and the facility was undamaged.
Congolese army and UN tanks side by side on the frontline on Monday afternoon.
Munitions on the road near the frontline.
A young boy in the M23 rebel camp just north of the city of Goma before the major battle began.
A dead Congolese army soldier lies in the road north of Goma.
Goma residents flee the fighting as the “24-hour” cease-fire ends after only a few hours.
At the Heal Africa hospital in Goma, a boy is treated after losing his arm in the fighting.
A small column of M23 soldiers march toward the main border post between Congo and Rwanda, and take it without firing a shot.