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U.N. Probing Reports of Pygmies Being Eaten

January 09, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A six-member U.N. team is investigating reports that rebels killed and ate Pygmies in northeastern Congo, Manodje Mounoubai of the U.N. mission in Congo said.

The team has been in Ituri province for a week, looking into the accusations that the Congolese Liberation Movement and the Congolese Rally for Democracy-National ate Pygmies.

The factions often hire Pygmies to hunt food, a U.N. official said. If they return empty-handed, rebels reportedly kill and eat them, the official said.

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