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War is International, Not Just Local, Says Rights Group

Fighting in Ituri District of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been misdescribed as a local ethnic rivalry when in fact it represents an ongoing struggle for power at the national and international levels, international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Tuesday. The 57-page report, “‘Covered in Blood’: Ethnically Targeted Violence in Northern DR Congo”, provides evidence that combatants in Ituri had slaughtered at least 5,000 civilians in the past year because of their ethnic affiliation. But the combatants were armed and often directed by the governments of the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda, HRW said. Full Story

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