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09 Jan 2012 description
report The Zimbabwean

A huge influx of refugees, fleeing instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has arrived in Bulawayo this week in transit to their final destination, South Africa.

Our Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme said haulage truckers, driving from the DRC to South Africa were making brisk business in the movement of the refugees.

There has been heightened tension in the DRC since last year’s November polls, won by President Joseph Kabila, were so marred by irregularities that international observers described them as not credible.

10 Nov 2008 description
report The Zimbabwean

Angolan troops join Congo fighting, say witnesses

By Mike Pflanz in Kibati and David Blair

Diplomatic Editor

The violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo entered a new phase when witnesses said that Angola had deployed troops against a rebel advance in the East.

Any arrival of foreign forces would mark a dangerous escalation. Under a peace accord which notionally ended the civil war in 2003, all outside armies withdrew from Congo.

05 Nov 2008 description
report The Zimbabwean

Congo's warring rivals traded accusations Tuesday that Angola, Zimbabwe and Rwanda are mobilizing forces to fight in Congo, as the UN Secretary General prepares to fly into this besieged city to assess weeks of fighting that has displaced a quarter million people.

The accusations of foreign involvement, reminiscent of a disastrous 1998-2002 war that drew in eight African nations, stoked fears of a wider conflict in this mineral-rich nation.

The fighting has forced tens of thousands of refugees to struggle through the countryside with what belongings they can carry.