Warzone

'This is like a second home to me': Meet the warriors in our invisible war

South African soldiers, air crew and doctors are heavily involved in the conflict with rebels in the war-torn eastern DRC. Jeff Wicks visited their bases and spoke to the men about their daring missions — and allegations of sexual assault made against fellow soldiers

15 March 2020 - 00:00 By Jeff Wicks

Major Jan Augustyn holds a cigarette between his fingers, a wisp of smoke rises skyward as the whine of a helicopter engine is slowly drowned out by whirring rotor blades in the distance.

The engines of the Russian Mi-8 helicopter reach a crescendo as it climbs and the pilot noses the chopper away from ranks of hangars at the UN’s Jambaari base, in Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

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