Monday, November 24, 2008

In Kibati, Refugees Stone UN Convoy while Soldiers Pillage Camp

Refugees and civilians in Kibati in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo surrounded and stoned a UN convoy in anger at the organization's failure to protect them after it was stopped by soldiers searching for rebels. The army took more than 20 men from the convoy, tied them up and presented them as fighters loyal to rebel leader Laurent Nkunda. But the UN said the men were in fact pro-government Mai Mai militiamen.

Soldiers then went on an overnight looting and shooting spree in the sprawling refugee camp, witnesses said Monday.

The BBC story is here; Associated Press here.

The BBC provides a helpful map of the region:

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