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Saturday, 7 April, 2001, 00:07 GMT 01:07 UK
UN representative visits DR Congo

The United Nations Deputy Secretary General responsible for humanitarian affairs has visited the front line of the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kenzo Oshima toured the strategic town of Kabinda, whose civilian population had been trapped by the fighting for two years.

People in the town told him that they had been forced to live off the meagre food supplies the Catholic Church could drive in, and that women trying to work in the fields at night had been raped or killed by Rwandan soldiers.

They say that since soldiers withdrew two weeks ago, people have been able to go back to their fields, and food prices have dropped.

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