Hundreds Flee Attack In Eastern DR Of Congo
Hundreds Flee Attack, Gather Near UN Peacekeepers In Eastern DR Of Congo
About 2,500 people have fled a village they said came under attack by militias in the Ituri district in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and have gathered near United Nations peacekeepers nearby, the UN mission in the country said today.
flew in by helicopter over the weekend after hearing that
the village of Che, 60 kilometres from Bunia in Ituri's
Djugu territory, had been set on fire and that the
villagers were fleeing to safety. They reinforced their
position when the number of refugees jumped to 2,500 from
120, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (<"http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/missions/monuc/
Many of the villagers had been wounded with knives, machetes and arrows, so MONUC had sent in a team of doctors and provided safe water, it said. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were distributing food, blankets and clothing.
The Mission said it would ask the national
transitional government and the armed militias in Ituri to
find a solution together for whatever the problem was in