The mutilated bodies of 280 people have been discovered in the town of Bunia in eastern Congo after days of fighting between tribal militias, a United Nations official said Wednesday. The United Nations has called for an emergency peacekeeping force in the region, where youths armed with spears, knives and bows and arrows have been battling for supremacy since early May. Britain and France said they would consider joining the force. Thousands have fled their homes in terror since fighting between the Hema and Lendu tribal militias erupted after Ugandan troops withdrew from Bunia. Uganda is one of several countries that intervened in Congo’s many-sided conflict. A measure of calm has settled on Bunia since members of the militias and President Joseph Kabila signed a cease-fire that took effect Saturday. Full Story
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