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October 31, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Sanders is a Times staff writer on assignment in Congo.
An uneasy calm returned Thursday to this battered Congolese city as a tenuous cease-fire halted clashes and nervous residents struggled to resume their regular lives. Many of the thousands of panicked people who fled regional displacement camps a day earlier and stormed into Goma, a city in northeastern Congo, began traveling back to the nearby camps.
April 5, 2010
Just before Christmas, the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group with roots in Uganda, perpetrated a massacre in the Makombo area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over four days, the rebels hacked and clubbed to death more than 320 unarmed civilians and kidnapped 250 others, including dozens of children. Survivors and escapees interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that the rebels left a 40-mile trail of mutilated bodies, some still tied to trees. The world learned only recently of the attack.
January 18, 2004 | Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press Writer
Nursing her year-old daughter under a tree, Zaina Kisa talks softly about how her life was destroyed when she was raped by 10 rebels from neighboring Burundi and conceived the child. "There is no future here for a woman stigmatized by rape," the 20-year-old woman said. "Many times I look at this child and remember the horror and pain of that day.... But she is a victim too because she will never know her father."
November 23, 2008 | Jerome Delay, Delay is the chief Associated Press photographer for Africa.
Eleven-year-old Protegee carried her sobbing niece on her back as they searched for relatives in a sea of people in eastern Congo. An Associated Press photograph of the girl -- using her filthy T-shirt to wipe the tears from her face as 3-year-old Reponse clung to her neck and wailed -- prompted hundreds of e-mails from people around the world hoping to help them. I returned to Kiwanja to try to reunite the girls with family and even succeeded in finding them. But it turned out that in Congo a sympathetic outsider can't solve all problems.
September 12, 2005 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
As soon as she heard the popping of gunfire, Kavira Mwengeshal grabbed her seven children and fled to the forest, escaping moments before anti-government militiamen sealed off this remote fishing village. She and thousands of other terrified residents prayed for nearby United Nations troops to rescue them, but a company of Congolese government soldiers responded first to the Mai-Mai rebel attack in July.
October 29, 2006 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Anxious Congolese returned to the polls this morning to complete the first democratic presidential election in more than 40 years. But fears of renewed violence in this Central African giant largely overshadowed the hope and optimism many had expressed during the first round of voting.
December 3, 2004 | Robyn Dixon and Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writers
Rwanda denied Thursday that it had sent troops into neighboring Congo, despite repeated threats from Rwandan President Paul Kagame to attack ethnic Hutu militias that have harassed his nation from the area. United Nations officials, however, said there was mounting though inconclusive evidence that Rwandan troops had crossed the border.
July 23, 2006 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
In a neighborhood where half-clad toddlers play in streets filled with garbage, Therese Olenga Kalonda stood in front of the crowd of Sunday churchgoers and told them how to change their lot. "You have a vote, and it is free, and it is secret," she told families who had come to worship at a tin-roofed, open-air church. "If the person you vote in doesn't keep their promises, you can vote them out."
When Congolese President Laurent Kabila urged his people last August to take up arms and defend their country against an alliance of rebels and foreign troops, many residents of this capital city willingly complied.
August 29, 2006 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Naomi Ewowo had just lost her parents when her family branded her a witch. She was 5. After her mother and father died unexpectedly less than a month apart, Naomi's care fell to relatives who struggled to cope with the tragedy. They sought counsel from a neighborhood "prophet," who warned that a sorcerer was hiding in their midst. Soon all eyes turned on the family's youngest, most vulnerable member.
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