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Mortal Combat Rages, but 'Mortal Kombat' Rules

The whiz of bullets overhead had barely died down when the boys of Bunia went to the movies. Dozens of little boys, teenage boys and bored young men packed into a dark sweaty room, sat on its window ledges and stood in its narrow doorway, all to watch Congolese music videos and one shoot-’em-up movie after another. Dueling ethnic militias may have turned Bunia into a war zone. Most shops in the main market are gutted. Hairdressers, butchers, the town’s only Internet cafe — all remain shuttered. But the town’s movie theaters are open and alive. Kung-fu pictures are among their most popular features, as are any movies starring Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan or Arnold Schwarzenegger. At the Cinéma Usu-Usu today, a stone’s throw from the United Nations office responsible for peacekeeping operations here, “Mortal Kombat” was the afternoon feature. Full Story

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