The government of Laurent Kabila is seeking much-needed aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the issue of the refugees continues to cloud the new government's relations with other nations. Kabila's government has still resisted calls to allow United Nations inspectors into parts of the eastern part of the country where humanitarian officials believe massacres may have taken place.
Meanwhile, a Lutheran bishop reports that inter-ethnic conflict, war and disease cost "scores" of lives during the civil war, The Associated Press reported June 5. The Rev. Ngoy Kasukuti said Kabila's forces killed refugees but did not specify how many. While characterizing his report as independent, Kasukuti said he relied on the assistance of officials supporting Kabila. His 22-page report said the animosity that led to civilian deaths during the war is also attributable to Mobutu's discriminatory policies against ethnic Tutsis and the UN's failure to disarm the Hutu militants, the AP said.
Earlier this week, the UN reported that armed men in eastern Congo last week attacked a group of Rwandan children returning to their homeland, killing five people, including an aid worker .
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