Blogpost by Gillian Mathys and Karen Büscher: The story of Kitchanga

(21-01-2019) The story of Kitchanga: Spatial politics of presence, refuge and return in North Kivu, Eastern DRCongo.

In the Kivu provinces of the Eastern Congo, permanent semi-urban towns emerge from the protracted presence of refugees and internally displaced persons. Using the example of Kitchanga in North Kivu, Gillian Mathys and Karen Büscher (Ghent University) show the importance of such towns as important spaces in the politics of mobility, presence and return in a context of violent conflict and ethnic mobilisation.