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23 March 2017 00:08 (South Africa)

Tens of thousands flee DRC violence

More than 50,000 people have fled clashes between two ethnic groups in the north-western Democratic Republic of Congo recently, pouring over the border into the neighbouring Republic of Congo. The UN says many of those fleeing are thought to be unaccompanied children, after at least 100 people were killed in clashes between warring factions in Equateur province. The violence began last month in a dispute over fishing rights, which saw nearly 50 policemen killed by armed men. Since then, the UN has sent a small number of its 18,000 peacekeepers in the DRC to help quell the violence. But most of these troops are fighting other rebels in the country’s east, which is a huge and lawless area destabilised by Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Read more: BBC, Aljazeera.net

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