"A rebellion in the Eastern Congo has exploded again with new reports of lives lost, armed violence against communities and threats to regional security. The seriously flawed 2011 presidential and legislative elections constituted a major step backward on the DRC path toward stability and democracy. We collectively deplored that situation. Today conditions are even worse. The M23 violence since April, motivated by greed and power, has already produced nearly half a million displaced persons and refugees from the Eastern Congo provinces, according to UNHCR."
—Mark Schneider, Crisis Group’s Senior Vice President, in a testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights entitled “Examining the Role of Rwanda in the DRC Insurgency.”