Escalating Violence in DRC’s Ituri Province Puts UN on ‘High Alert’

The U.N. refugee agency says the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in Ituri province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, could presage a mass exodus of refugees and internal displacement.   The UNHCR says violent clashes between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups in Ituri province have killed at least 30 people and caused more than 5,000 to flee their homes.   UNHCR spokesman Baba Balloch told VOA the conflict, which erupted five days ago, is not new to this region.  He says growing tensions over land and grazing rights...

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Published By: VOA Africa - Wednesday, 7 February

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