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Last Updated: Friday, 16 May, 2003, 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK
In pictures: Congo town empties
People displaced by the fighting set up camp on the outskirts of Bunia
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Bitter ethnic fighting has displaced thousands in and around Bunia, in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo
A young boy holds a child in front of the UN compound
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Many have fled to the UN compound in search of security
A Congolese policeman distributes water at Bunia airport
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Others have sought refuge at the UN-controlled airport but conditions are deteriorating
Child soldiers armed with AK-47s stand near the UN compound
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A ceasefire has been signed but children with guns highlight the pervading threat of violence
A UN soldier lifts a boy onto a truck to be evacuated out of the area
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For many the option is to leave - thousands have already fled
Residents board vehicles to be evacuated
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Peacekeepers are present, but many families are still joining the exodus
A boy runs alongside a UN armoured vehicle escorting a convoy out of town
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About 700 UN troops in the town have been trying to protect civilians
People are secured on board a plane evacuating them from Bunia
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Planes have been evacuating residents...
A boy watches through a window at the planes at Bunia airport
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..while others wait their turn to escape the fighting

Truce as Congo town empties
16 May 03  |  Africa


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