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Rebel violence in Congo forcing thousands into flight

Catholic World News - May 03, 2012

Thousands of families are leaving their homes in the Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo because of continuing rebel violence, a Catholic missionary reports.

Father Loris Cattani told the Fides news service that soldiers under the command of General Bosco Ntaganda have been responsible for the abandonment of 240,000 homes in the first months of 2012. Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

UN figures show that there are 2 million displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country of 70 million people with a long history of brutal civil warfare.

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