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Thursday, 21 June, 2001, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
In pictures: Historic Congo trip
A United Nations barge travelling from government held territory is the first boat to reach the rebel-held city of Kisangani, signalling the reopening of the great Congo river after three years of fighting.
Mark Dummett saw it arrive in Kisangani

UN boat (top right hand corner) rounds the corner as it comes in to Kisangani
People began to celebrate as the boat came in to view

Fishing boats on the banks of the river
The river is an essential lifeline for Kisangani

People cheering the arrival of the boat
The boat's journey is a sign the river will open soon

Boat docking in Kisangani
The boat docked safely, but the route has not yet been declared safe

View form the banks of the Congo
The peaceful view from the banks belies the damage the war has done

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30 May 01 | Africa
UN optimistic over Congo
20 Apr 01 | Africa
Congo rebels allow UN to deploy
28 Feb 01 | Africa
Troops withdraw from DR Congo
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