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Terror Persists as Congolese Await U.N. Force

As they wait for international troops to land, the people of this town keep getting robbed and raped. Militia men and women range through Bunia with machine guns strapped to their shoulders. They lounge in the shade of avocado trees, showing off the grenades strapped to their belts. Night visitors are commonplace. One morning earlier this week, a driver with an aid agency showed up to work with three bloody punctures on the back of his skull, one result of an attack on his family’s house the night before by a band of looters, all at least partly attired in military fatigues. Another aid agency worker reported having been the victim of a carjacking. At a camp for displaced people, three armed men showed up last night, hunting for loot. The tribal enmities that fueled the battle between ethnic Hema and Lendu militias for control of Bunia seem to hardly matter anymore. Only the Hema are left in Bunia now, and only their militia is in control of the town. The Lendu have scattered; their militia is somewhere on the outskirts. Full Story

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