- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2003

New rebel group seizes province capital
KHARTOUM A newly formed armed rebel group has seized a provincial capital in the western Darfur region of Sudan, an area outside the region involved in peace talks aimed at ending a 20-year civil war between the north and south, Khartoum newspapers said yesterday.
Around 300 rebels identifying themselves as the Front for the Liberation of Darfur (FLD) seized the town of Gulu, capital of Jebel Marrah province, and installed their own administration, according to the reports. The rebel in control, identified as Abdullah Korah, appealed to the people of the ethnically mixed region to join his movement.
North Darfur state Gov. Ibrahim Suleiman told a conference held in the region's main town of Fashir the rebels had set up training camps in Jebel Marrah from which they were attacking government positions, police and army posts and state vehicles.

Taylor tells U.N. Guinea backs rebels
MONROVIA Liberia has filed a formal complaint to the United Nations Security Council charging neighboring Guinea with supporting the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD).
President Charles Taylor, in a letter to the council president dated Feb. 18, said "Guinea facilitated the establishment of LURD by permitting the recruitment, training and arming of Liberian refugees in refugee camps in Guinean territory."

Genocide participants prepared for freedom
NYUMBA The last time Ismail Muhakwa was in the hills of southeast Rwanda. He was in a gang of Hutus with machetes, looking for Tutsis to kill.
Mr. Muhakwa and 1,253 other Hutus are back in the hills of Nyumba after release from the prisons where they spent years awaiting trial for Rwanda's 1994 genocide. They're now using axes and machetes to build a center where they will learn how to face their victims.
More than half a million people, mostly minority Tutsis, were killed in the 100-day slaughter organized by an extremist government of the Hutu majority. "Murderers are usually condemned and killed … but we are being released to go and reconcile with victims of our brutality," said Muhakwa, 51.
Weekly notes …
Among the 18 candidates competing with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in his April re-election bid is a land-reform campaigner who claims to be his wife: Mojisola Adekunle-Obasanjo. A senior official close to the president denied yesterday the pair were ever married, although he confirmed they had known each other and asked to remain anonymous. Gen. Obasanjo only recognizes first lady Stella Obasanjo as his wife, although more than one other woman has in recent years claimed to have been married to him and polygamy is common in Nigeria among both Muslims and Christians. … The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies appealed yesterday for $130,000 to help combat a deadly outbreak of Ebola in the Republic of Congo. The highly contagious viral fever has claimed 78 lives so far, the Congolese government said Tuesday. "Ebola is devastating and terrifying," said Dr. Bernard Moriniere, the federation's senior epidemiologist.

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