Hunger, fear stalk crowded east Congo refugee camps

05 Nov 2008 16:48:35 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Hereward Holland

KIBATI, Congo, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Clutching a small pack of high-energy biscuits, Clementine Riziki slowly chews her first meal in more than a week. Nine days ago, she fled her village in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern North Kivu province when attacking Tutsi rebels burned down her house and stole her belongings. To compound her worries, her family has since doubled in size. Amid the chaos, debris and noise of a makeshift camp for tens of thousands of civilians displaced by the violence, Riziki gave birth this week to twins, just a few kilometres (miles) down the hill from the rebel front line.

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