Thousands Have Fled Congo ‘Triangle of Death’ to Zambia, UN Says

  • New arrivals report killings, rape and burning of houses
  • Almost half of 60,000 refugees in Zambia are from Congo

Thousands of refugees have fled to northern Zambia this year after clashes between Democratic Republic of Congo security forces and militias in an area of that country’s southeast dubbed the “triangle of death,” the United Nations Refugee Agency said.

So far this year, 5,582 people have crossed from Congo, with 1,000 entering Zambia on Sept. 6 alone, the UN agency said Monday in a report. New arrivals are reporting killings, rape and burning of houses as they flee fighting between Congolese government forces and a local militia, it said.

The refugees are mainly from the villages of Pweto, Manono, Mitwaba in Haut Katanga province and Moba and Kalemie in Tanganyika province, according to the agency. Zambia is home to about 60,000 refugees, almost half of whom are from the Congo, it said.

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