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Vol 45 No 18

Published 10th September 2004

The cost of border tension

After the fighting in Bukavu, Congo-Kinshasa, the Rwandan government in June closed the border for a month. The usual cross-border trade sank to an all-time low. The Rusizi river-crossing between Bukavu and Cyangugu in Rwanda is tense and traders take care not to be caught smuggling. Rwandan soldiers patrol the banks and even the canoes that usually carry charcoal or kitenge cloth across the river are mostly inactive.

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