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Nyunzu residents hiding in forests

Most of the 40,000 residents of Nyunzu town in Katanga fled fighting last month, and few people have returned since its capture by rebel forces, IPS said yesterday. An IPS journalist in Nyunzu said most residents were still hiding in nearby forests, where they face a serious lack of food, medicines and other basic supplies. Frequent aerial bombing by Zimbabwean aircraft was causing fear among the population, it said. “People are trying to come back to the town to get some salt and soap but by 11:00 a.m., they rush back to their hideouts,” IPS quoted one resident as saying.

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