UN Report alleges refugees from DRC war swelling in Burundi and Rwanda

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A new UN report says the number of refugees fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo swelled by more than 350 000 in just the past few months as fighting escalated, pushing the number of people uprooted in the long-running conflict to 3 million.

The DRC conflict is a spillover from the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda. Hundreds of Hutus who participated in the mass slaughter escaped into DRC and still fight there under the name FDLR. Fighting has continued over two decades.

The report to the Security Council released on Monday said that as of the end of August, about 440 000 Congolese had become refugees in neighbouring Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. A report three months ago put that number at 70 000.

An estimated 2.6 million Congolese have been driven from their homes but remain inside the country.

Posted by Tom Ndahiro from here

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