Four countries stop aid
Four Western countries have stopped or cut their aid to Rwanda after a report suggested that the country was arming rebels in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
There has been intense fighting taking place in eastern areas of the DRC, also referred to as Congo Kinshasa, with as many as 270,000 people displaced in the North Kivu province. The area has been the subject of fighting since 1994 when Rwandan troops entered the country in pursuit of Hutu rebels following the Rwandan genocide which is believed to have killed 800,000 people.
The United States has stopped $200,000 of military aid to Rwanda, the Netherlands has frozen $6.1 million in aid and Germany has also stopped its aid of around $26 million. The United Kingdom, the country’s largest donor, has delayed a monthly budget support payment.
Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo denied involvement in the conflict and condemned Western donors for treating African countries like children. Around 50% of Rwanda’s budget is made up of aid money.
Meanwhile, M23 rebels have said that negotiations to stop the conflict can only start when DRC President Joseph Kabila steps down.