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2006-02-03 08:00:00

By David Lewis LULIBA, Congo -- The sound is instantly recognizable across most of Africa: the dull pounding of a pestle and mortar over the murmur of women's voices. It usually comes from women grinding maize, millet or manioc for an evening meal in a remote village, but here in the steep lawless hills of Mwenga territory in eastern Congo, women pound rocks from dawn to dusk in search of the gold hidden within. The women are known as Les Mamans Twangaises, or the mothers who grind, and many...

2005-11-02 12:10:04

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's army, backed by U.N. peacekeepers, killed 32 militiamen during a two-day operation to free four local election officials kidnapped in the lawless east, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Two government soldiers died and another four were injured but no peacekeepers were hurt during the October 31-November 1 operation against Mai Mai gunmen in Congo's North Kivu province. "Thirty-two Mai Mai were killed by the Congolese army during the...

2005-10-19 10:46:35

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese militiamen have released 43 local disarmament officers they had threatened to burn alive unless they were paid cash for handing in their weapons, officials said on Wednesday. More than 500 "Mai Mai" militia took the hostages in Luvungi disarmament camp, near the eastern town of Bukavu, late on Tuesday to demand an initial payment of $110 each they say the national disarmament commission owes them. "They thought the money they are owed had been stolen...

2005-10-19 05:38:37

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Militiamen have taken 43 Congolese disarmament officers hostage and are threatening to burn them alive unless they are paid cash for handing in their weapons, officials said on Wednesday. More than 500 "Mai Mai" militia were holding the officers in Luvungi disarmament camp, near the eastern town of Bukavu, to protest against not receiving an initial payment of $110 each they say the national disarmament commission owes them. "They have been disarmed but I presume...

2005-09-14 08:56:52

By David Lewis MUKANA, Congo (Reuters) - Outside the charred remains of a village, just off a dusty track, a skull has been skewered onto the end of a stick in the ground. Adorned with a white bandana and a slice of pawpaw, it strikes an absurd note. But the display has a deadly serious significance in a remote corner of Congo where a forgotten war is rumbling. Mukana is one of a string of villages in the north and center of the southern Katanga province to have been attacked by...

2005-08-25 07:55:21

By David Lewis MUVULE, Congo (Reuters) - Nearly 200,000 people in a remote corner of Congo share one doctor, three nurses and a hospital most cannot reach, let alone afford, aid workers said on Thursday. The collapse of the state health system, violence by militia and government soldiers and a lack of outside help have raised death rates in Mitwaba territory in northern Katanga to five times levels usually found in Africa, the relief workers say. Mitwaba's predicament is similar to...


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