Congo: July 12, 2005


UN efforts to put military pressure on lawless militias in eastern Congo has caused the rebels to turn on local civilians. Some Rwandan gunmen forced villagers  into huts, and then set the huts on fire, killing at least three dozen civilians (mostly women and children.)

UN peacekeepers have flushed thousands of rebels out of their camps, but as these thugs move away from the peacekeepers, any civilians encountered are at great risk.




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