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Congolese Tutsis find refuge in the US

More than 300 Congolese Tutsis left Cameroon on Wednesday for new homes in the United States, UNHCR sources reported.

The 321 refugees were airlifted from a camp in Langui, northern Cameroon, aboard an airplane chartered by the US government. They were part of a group of 1,000 who arrived in Cameroon in December 1999 from the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the time, Cameroonian Minister for Territorial Administration Samson Ename Ename had said that the refugees would only stay for about three months. Cameroon has also hosted tens of thousands of other refugees from Chad, Rwanda and Sudan.

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