The Congo research briefs are a joint publication of the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and its Understanding Violent Conflict programme, the Study Group on Conflicts and Human Security (GEC-SH) at the University Research Center of Kivu (CERUKI), the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) and the Governance-in-Conflict Network (GiC). These provide concise and timely summaries of ongoing research on the Congo that is being undertaken by CRG, SSRC, GEC-SH, UNIKIN, GiC, and their partners.
The author would like to thank his two fellow co-researchers, Victor Nendaka in Matadi and Abel Cimanuka in Bukavu, as well as Alice Mugoli from the Groupe d’Etudes sur les Conflits et la Sécurité Humaine (GEC-SH) for her support. The author would further like to thank all the police officers who opened the door to their world and gave us their precious time to share their experiences with us.
This research brief was undertaken under the auspices of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP). Research for this brief was funded by the SSRC through the Conflict Research Programme’s Small Grants fund supported by UK aid from the UK government; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.