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Novelty in Congo: U.N. Investigates a Massacre

Crime scenes in eastern Congo are not normally cordoned off with yellow police tape. Investigations are almost unheard of. The blood just washes away, children scoop up the shell casings or misplaced machetes, and the witnesses, if there are any, just try to forget. But here on an overgrown hilltop that used to be a militia camp, a bamboo fence encloses a dozen sites where mass killings are thought to have taken place. Gathered around the area recently, peering into pits containing human bones, were prosecutors from Congo and from the International Criminal Court intent on bringing justice. The mere fact that the killings are being investigated is a rare and welcome development in this lawless region, where massacres have become the order of the day. Full Story

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