Congo: August 11, 2005

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Approximately 40 militiamen belonging to the Congolese Rally for Democracy-Goma (RCD-Goma) entered Uganda from the Congo on August 6. Approximately 100 civilians accompanied the militiamen. The RCD fighters and the civilians were "returned" to the Congo on August 9. The RCD fighters reported they had been "overrun" by a "big group" of Mayi-Mayi militiamen in the Congo's North Kivu Province. This left at least 21 of the RCD militiamen dead.. There are continuing "ethnic clashes" in North Kivu

The RCD-Goma faction joined the Congo's peace process. Though offensive sweeps by UN peacekeepers have been effective against hold-out militias in the eastern Congo, there are simply too few peacekeepers to provide police-type protection in the border areas.

 

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