- - Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Massacres report aims to end impunity

GENEVA | The United Nations is set to release on Friday a hotly contested report on massacres in eastern Congo, including a possible genocide by Rwandan troops, which the U.N.’s top rights officer hopes will end a culture of impunity.

A draft of the report seen by Agence France-Presse records 600 violent incidents, including massacres, rapes and pillaging, by various armies and rebel groups through two wars that raged in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1993 and 2003.

Most controversial is the detailed inventory of instances in which Hutu refugees were rounded up by Rwandan forces on the pretext of repatriation and then were executed with gunfire, machetes or a hammer blow to the head.

The Rwandan government has reacted angrily to the report, with President Paul Kagame dismissing its claims as “absurd.”


Flood victims face food shortages, disease

SABONGARIN DOLE | Thousands of people from more than 30 flooded villages in northwestern Nigeria faced shortages of food and shelter on Wednesday, with fears building of disease outbreaks.

Officials in Sokoto state said more than 130,000 people had been displaced by flooding three weeks ago when a spillway from the Goronyo dam burst from heavy rains, sweeping through the villages.

Dozens of camps for displaced people have sprung up in the Goronyo district, where most schools have been turned into shelters for displaced communities, Yusuf Muhammad, a teacher in Goronyo, told Agence France-Presse.

Aid workers from Doctors Without Borders have set up clinics in three camps to help displaced residents.

Doctors there were treating malaria and infections, and they were concerned about cholera outbreaks caused by a lack of clean water.


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