DR Congo

Zaire - Landmines Country Report

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Situation Report
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Zaire
Date: 12/31/95
Killed/wounded: 3
People: civilian
Sex:
Age:
Injury: serious death
Location: road
How: vehicle
Comments: A truck exploded after hitting a mine in refugee-swamped eastern Zaire, reported Reuters. Twp people were killed
and one wounded. The truck was travelling the main route from Goma to Rutshuru said a local official.

Date: 12/5/95
Killed/wounded: 35
People: civilian
Sex:
Age:
Injury: serious death
Location: road
How: vehicle
Comments: Four people were killed and 31 injured when a civilian bus struck an AT mine on a road regularly used by western relief workers, near the Kamanyola camp in eastern Zaire's South Kivy region, reported Reuters. Some UN officials have blamed local Zaireans for an upsurge in mine and grenade attacks against the 700,000 Rwandan refugees sheltering in eastern Zaire.

Date: 10/29/95
Killed/wounded: 2
People: relief personnel
Sex: MF
Age: adult
Injury: amputation
Location: road
How: vehicle
Comments: Two Western relief agencies suspended operations in eastern Zaire after American relief workers Marianne Holtz, 56, of McCall, Idaho, and David Lillie, 33, of Wauwatosa, Wis., were wounded in a mine blast. Both are employed by the American Refugee Committee. Ms Holtz lost her legs and Mr. Lillie was treated for a broken collar bone, cuts and bruises.

The Irish 'Goal' and Italian 'Coopi' groups pulled out of Kibumba camp and surrounding villages. UN officials said aid agencies decided that trips by staff to and from the Rwandan refugee camps in the area of Goma should be kept to a minimum and that heavy vehicles should be used instead of light vehicles.

Western aid workers have in the past blamed both the Zairean Army and militant Hutu for using mines and grenades to sabotage the repatriation process of Hutu back to Rwanda.

Date: 9/28/95
Killed/wounded: 23
People: relief personnel
Sex: MF
Age: adult
Injury: serious
Location: road
How: vehicle
Comments: Reuters reported that ICRC announced that twenty-three medical staff of the Zairean Red Cross were injured, one seriously, when their truck hit an AT mine near Goma. The truck was carrying 54 medical staff at the time, all employees of the national Red Cross, who work in the camps for Rwandan refugees in eastern Zaire. The accident occurred on a road some 8 kms from Goma.

Date: 8/28/95
Killed/wounded: 2
People: relief personnel
Sex:
Age: adult
Injury: moderate
Location: road
How: vehicle
Comments: A 16-tonne truck operated by CARE Canada detonated an AT mine planted at the entrance to the CARE Goma compound, which is located on the airport road in Goma. Two local staff received moderate injuries and were treated in a hospital Goma. The blast also blew out windows in the CARE Goma office.

CARE informed the UN that "(we) believe that the mine was laid during the weekend. It is highly unlikely that the mine could have been laid before then - this was the first vehicle to leave the compound this morning. It is believed the reason for laying the mine is related to the fact that, during the weekend, UNHCR requested and CARE agreed to supply two 16-tonne trucks to assist UNHCR in voluntary repatriation of Rwandese refugees. It is believed the mine was laid to ensure that these vehicles were not used for the intended purpose."

Due to the incident CARE temporarily suspended all assistance to UNHCR related to repatriation of refugees.