Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 April 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Renewed fighting between two rival militia groups

 


 

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Renewed fighting between two rival militia groups

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) April 8, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general and the spokesperson for the general assembly president

 

 

Renewed fighting between two rival militia groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has driven more than 30,000 Congolese from their homes, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).  UNHCR says that clashes in the Ituri district have led to the displacement of villagers who are currently located on a road some 50 to 70 kilometres south of Bunia.

 

Many of the displaced include persons who were uprooted in 2006 and assisted to return to their homes by UNHCR later that same year.  The UN refugee agency says the latest flare-up threatens to reverse the considerable progress made in the repatriation and resettlement of thousands of Congolese affected by previous conflicts in the area.  There is more on this upstairs in UNHCR’s briefing notes.

 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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