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Vol 44 No 9

Published 2nd May 2003


Drummed out

Only a burst tyre and a forced landing made Uganda miss its 24 April deadline to pull its troops out of north-eastern Congo-Kinshasa. They set off in four Antonov transport aeroplanes for Entebbe the following day. Locals loudly cheered their farewell parade behind a band through Bunia. For months, Uganda's army had kept some sort of order in Ituri Province between better off Hema landowners and Lendu peasants, both of them armed and trained by Uganda for its proxy Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie-Mouvement de Libération (RCD-ML).

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