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Tens of thousands flee ‘extreme violence’ in Congo | guardian.co.uk

Aid workers say more than 100,000 people in North Kivu have fled mass executions, mutilations and rapes by armed militias

Simon Tisdall

Villagers and townspeople in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are facing “extreme violence”, with mass executions, abductions, mutilations and rapes being committed almost daily, according to aid workers in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

Fighting between the government army, the FARDC, and a group of mutineers led by a fugitive UN war crimes indictee, Bosco Ntaganda, has escalated since April. Militias including the notorious FDLR, a Rwandan rebel group based in Congo, have joined the fray in a multi-fronted battle for territory, money and power. But the violence has received relatively little international attention.

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