Friday, October 31, 2008

Disaster In Congo's Refugee Camps

A rebel from Laurent Nkunda's renegade movement talking to a civilian at a checkpoint near Kibumba on Friday. (Karel Prinsloo/The Associated Press)

Reports Of Evictions At Congo Camps
-- International Herald Tribune

GOMA, Congo: The unilateral truce declared by rebels who had advanced on this city in eastern Congo continued to hold Friday, and tens of thousands of displaced people took advantage of it. They left refugee camps inside Goma, filling the road out of the city in endless columns for the walk back to their homes in surrounding villages.

But while the tense truce held in the city, the United Nations said it had received "disturbing" reports that refugee camps about 50 miles north of Goma had been "forcibly emptied, looted and burned."

"We are extremely concerned about the fate of some 50,000 displaced people living in these camps," Ron Redmond, chief spokesman of the United Nations refugees agency, told journalists in Geneva, the agency said on its Web site.

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More News On The War In The Congo

DR Congo refugee camps 'burned' -- BBC News
Refugee Camps Targeted by Rebels in Congo -- PBS Newshour
Congo Gunmen Force Civilians From Camps, UN Says -- Bloomberg
Cholera threatens Congo refugees: UNICEF -- AFP
Congo rebels open 'humanitarian corridor' -- CNN
In pictures: Congo crisis -- BBC Newscon

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