The Katanga insurgency refers to the ongoing rebellion by a number of rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some of which aim for the creation of a separate state within Katanga. While the insurgency has been active in various forms since 1963, insurgent groups have recently redoubled their efforts after the 2011 jail break that freed Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga, who commanded the majority of the Katangese separatist groups until his surrender to Congolese authorities in October 2016.
This article needs to be updated. (September 2020)
Mai Mai militants surrendering in northern Katanga.
Congo-Léopoldville (until 1971)|
DR Congo (from 1997)
ONUC (until 1964)
MONUSCO (since 1999)
Mai Mai Yakutumba
|Commanders and leaders|
Mobutu Sese Seko (until 1997)|
Jean Claude Kifwa
6,000–7,000 (FLNC, 1977)|
|Casualties and losses|
Since 2000, FDLR insurgents have been engaged in a low level military conflict with the FARDC and various Katangese separatist groups; the FDLR are mostly active in the north-eastern portion of Katanga province near the border with South Kivu. The conflict in the region has caused an exodus of around 600,000 refugees to various other parts of the DRC, and an unknown number of civilians have died as a result of the conflict.