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An 11-year-old boy, accompanied by his father, receives treatment at the HEAL Africa hospital after being shot in the abdomen during a firefight between Congolese police and attacking M23 rebels, in Goma, eastern Congo, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels Wednesday, as rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the capital Kinshasa. (AP Photo/Marc Hofer)

Rebel uprising in Congo

A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda seized the strategic, provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo on Nov. 20, in a development that threatens to spark a new, regional war, officials said. Democratic Republic

of the Congo (DRC) has been marked by widespread violence and atrocities that

continue to threaten regional stability.