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Vol 43 No 21

Published 25th October 2002


Rwanda

Proxy wars and slaughter

The confused killing in eastern Congo involves politics, tribalism and greed

Rwanda and Uganda have pulled out their troops (AC Vol 43 No 19) but the proxy war continues in eastern Congo. On 15 August in Luanda, Uganda agreed with Congo-Kinshasa to withdraw all its troops save those patrolling the Ruwenzori Mountains on the border, where the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF, AC Vol 43 No 16) chases remnants of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces. Some of the fighting is between Hema and Lendu people, who have quarrelled over land since Independence in 1960; in Bunia in August, some 110 people died.

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