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Violence as refugees try to return home

Demonstrations against Congolese Tutsi refugees returning from Burundi turned violent over the weekend as 366 people, mostly women and children, arrived at Uvira, South Kivu Province, on the border with Burundi. “Protestors threw stones,” said Patricia Tome, the spokeswoman of the UN-peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “They were dispersed by Congolese troops shooting into the air.” Seven of the refugees were reportedly injured. Congolese soldiers are guarding the refugees at a camp in Uvira, Tome said. The protestors are opposed to the return of Congolese refugees who are of Rwandan descent. They consider them foreigners. Full Story

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