UN Reports: the violent clashes in eastern Congo have displaced over 40,000 Congolese from their homes. They are fleeing mass rapes, abductions, and executions. Many of these refugees have spilled over the border into neighboring Rwanda.
Displacement means exposure. “Some of the displaced report cases of extortion, forced labour, forced recruitment of minors and beatings by armed men,” the UNHCR spokesperson told reporters at a Geneva press conference.
The conflict is being waged between the Congolese national army and militia troops loyal to ICC-indicted warlord, Bosco Ntaganda.