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Crisis in Congo

<p>A woman displaced by fighting waits in line for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A woman displaced by fighting waits in line for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A woman displaced by fighting waits in line for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A man transports furniture on a wooden scooter near Goma in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A man transports furniture on a wooden scooter near Goma in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A man transports furniture on a wooden scooter near Goma in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>People displaced by fighting are pictured through the smashed window of an abandoned U.N. truck at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

People displaced by fighting are pictured through the smashed window of an abandoned U.N. truck at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

People displaced by fighting are pictured through the smashed window of an abandoned U.N. truck at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A girl displaced by fighting waits for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A girl displaced by fighting waits for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A girl displaced by fighting waits for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A government soldier carries a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) beside a fire used to burn prisoners' belongings, just outside Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A government soldier carries a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) beside a fire used to burn prisoners' belongings, just outside Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A government soldier carries a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) beside a fire used to burn prisoners' belongings, just outside Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A prisoner (C) screams while being beaten by government troops just outside Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A prisoner (C) screams while being beaten by government troops just outside Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A prisoner (C) screams while being beaten by government troops just outside Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Boys displaced by war walk together at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Boys displaced by war walk together at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Boys displaced by war walk together at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo, November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Serafin Nyanzaba, 17, who has been displaced by war, wears a newly done traditional Congolese hair style at the Don Bosco center in Goma, November 20, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Serafin Nyanzaba, 17, who has been displaced by war, wears a newly done traditional Congolese hair style at the Don Bosco center in Goma, November 20, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Serafin Nyanzaba, 17, who has been displaced by war, wears a newly done traditional Congolese hair style at the Don Bosco center in Goma, November 20, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Children who have been abandoned or orphaned by war eat dinner at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo, November 20, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Children who have been abandoned or orphaned by war eat dinner at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo, November 20, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Children who have been abandoned or orphaned by war eat dinner at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo, November 20, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A child soldier, known as "Kadogo", meaning "small one" in Swahili, stands at the front line at Kanyabayonga in eastern Congo, November 17, 2008. Snatched from their homes by armed men who force them to carry ammunition, fight and kill, beaten if they refuse, east Congo's child soldiers are teenage victims of an unforgiving war. Child protection agencies report a surge in recruitment of under-18 soldiers by warring factions in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern North Kivu province, where increased fighting since August has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A child soldier, known as "Kadogo", meaning "small one" in Swahili, stands at the front line at Kanyabayonga in eastern Congo, November 17, 2008. Snatched from their homes by armed men who force them to carry ammunition, fight and kill, beaten if...more

A child soldier, known as "Kadogo", meaning "small one" in Swahili, stands at the front line at Kanyabayonga in eastern Congo, November 17, 2008. Snatched from their homes by armed men who force them to carry ammunition, fight and kill, beaten if they refuse, east Congo's child soldiers are teenage victims of an unforgiving war. Child protection agencies report a surge in recruitment of under-18 soldiers by warring factions in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern North Kivu province, where increased fighting since August has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Government soldiers with bullet wounds sit in the hospital a day after clashes in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Government soldiers with bullet wounds sit in the hospital a day after clashes in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Government soldiers with bullet wounds sit in the hospital a day after clashes in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A beaded ring remains on the hand of the burned corpse of a traditional Mai Mai fighter a day after clashes in the village of Kirumba in eastern Congo November 19, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A beaded ring remains on the hand of the burned corpse of a traditional Mai Mai fighter a day after clashes in the village of Kirumba in eastern Congo November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A beaded ring remains on the hand of the burned corpse of a traditional Mai Mai fighter a day after clashes in the village of Kirumba in eastern Congo November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A child stands outside a mud hut before fleeing to spend the night in hiding in the bush after a day of fighting and looting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A child stands outside a mud hut before fleeing to spend the night in hiding in the bush after a day of fighting and looting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A child stands outside a mud hut before fleeing to spend the night in hiding in the bush after a day of fighting and looting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A government soldier walks through the looted village of Kayna after a day of fighting in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A government soldier walks through the looted village of Kayna after a day of fighting in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A government soldier walks through the looted village of Kayna after a day of fighting in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A government soldier kicks a football after a day of fighting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A government soldier kicks a football after a day of fighting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A government soldier kicks a football after a day of fighting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A government soldier sits with a beer outside a looted kiosk after a day of fighting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A government soldier sits with a beer outside a looted kiosk after a day of fighting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A government soldier sits with a beer outside a looted kiosk after a day of fighting in the village of Kayna in eastern Congo, November 18, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A woman stands outside a meeting between former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and rebel leader Laurent Nkunda in the village of Jnomba in eastern Congo, November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A woman stands outside a meeting between former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and rebel leader Laurent Nkunda in the village of Jnomba in eastern Congo, November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A woman stands outside a meeting between former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and rebel leader Laurent Nkunda in the village of Jnomba in eastern Congo, November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A rebel soldier stands guard in front of a crowd which had gathered to see former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo meet rebel leader Laurent Nkunda in the village of Jnomba in eastern Congo, November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A rebel soldier stands guard in front of a crowd which had gathered to see former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo meet rebel leader Laurent Nkunda in the village of Jnomba in eastern Congo, November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A rebel soldier stands guard in front of a crowd which had gathered to see former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo meet rebel leader Laurent Nkunda in the village of Jnomba in eastern Congo, November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>People displaced by fighting, cook by woodfires at the refugee camp in Kibati in eastern Congo, November 14, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

People displaced by fighting, cook by woodfires at the refugee camp in Kibati in eastern Congo, November 14, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

People displaced by fighting, cook by woodfires at the refugee camp in Kibati in eastern Congo, November 14, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A captured pro-government militia fighter sits in the rain near Kiwanja in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, November 13, 2008.  REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun </p>

A captured pro-government militia fighter sits in the rain near Kiwanja in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

A captured pro-government militia fighter sits in the rain near Kiwanja in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

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<p>Jean-Claude Benda, 29, winces in pain while clutching the stump of his leg, amputated after he was shot in his home during recent fighting in Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Jean-Claude Benda, 29, winces in pain while clutching the stump of his leg, amputated after he was shot in his home during recent fighting in Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly more

Jean-Claude Benda, 29, winces in pain while clutching the stump of his leg, amputated after he was shot in his home during recent fighting in Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A severely malnourished infant hangs limp from her mother's back at a catholic mission feeding center in rebel-held Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A severely malnourished infant hangs limp from her mother's back at a catholic mission feeding center in rebel-held Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A severely malnourished infant hangs limp from her mother's back at a catholic mission feeding center in rebel-held Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Severely malnourished Sadiki Basilaki, 9, receives a mug of milk at a catholic mission feeding center in Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Severely malnourished Sadiki Basilaki, 9, receives a mug of milk at a catholic mission feeding center in Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Severely malnourished Sadiki Basilaki, 9, receives a mug of milk at a catholic mission feeding center in Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Congolese government soldiers sit in the rain at the frontline near Kibati, north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Congolese government soldiers sit in the rain at the frontline near Kibati, north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Congolese government soldiers sit in the rain at the frontline near Kibati, north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Therese Nyirukundo, 70, who has been displaced by fighting, stands in a refugee camp in Kiwanja, 70km (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 11, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Therese Nyirukundo, 70, who has been displaced by fighting, stands in a refugee camp in Kiwanja, 70km (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Therese Nyirukundo, 70, who has been displaced by fighting, stands in a refugee camp in Kiwanja, 70km (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A Congolese government soldier wearing a wig smokes by the roadside near the front line, north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 11, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A Congolese government soldier wearing a wig smokes by the roadside near the front line, north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A Congolese government soldier wearing a wig smokes by the roadside near the front line, north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A girl displaced by fighting tries to sell potatoes in the rain at a market in a refugee camp at Kibati in eastern Congo, November 10, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A girl displaced by fighting tries to sell potatoes in the rain at a market in a refugee camp at Kibati in eastern Congo, November 10, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A girl displaced by fighting tries to sell potatoes in the rain at a market in a refugee camp at Kibati in eastern Congo, November 10, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>People flee after fresh fighting erupted around Kibati village November 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

People flee after fresh fighting erupted around Kibati village November 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

People flee after fresh fighting erupted around Kibati village November 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A woman wipes her tears as she looks at covered bodies of civillians killed in Kiwanja November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun </p>

A woman wipes her tears as she looks at covered bodies of civillians killed in Kiwanja November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

A woman wipes her tears as she looks at covered bodies of civillians killed in Kiwanja November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

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<p>Jane Kanyere is consoled by a neighbour after her son, Moise Kasereka , a teacher, was killed in fighting in the town of Kiwanja, 70 kilometers (50 miles) north Goma in eastern Congo, November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Jane Kanyere is consoled by a neighbour after her son, Moise Kasereka , a teacher, was killed in fighting in the town of Kiwanja, 70 kilometers (50 miles) north Goma in eastern Congo, November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

Jane Kanyere is consoled by a neighbour after her son, Moise Kasereka , a teacher, was killed in fighting in the town of Kiwanja, 70 kilometers (50 miles) north Goma in eastern Congo, November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>An Indian peacekeeper from United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is seen during a patrol in Kiwanja, November 5, 2008. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun </p>

An Indian peacekeeper from United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is seen during a patrol in Kiwanja, November 5, 2008. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

An Indian peacekeeper from United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is seen during a patrol in Kiwanja, November 5, 2008. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

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<p>A Congolese Government soldier walks on the road towards Sake holding his daughter's hand, near the city of Goma in eastern Congo, November 4, 2008.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A Congolese Government soldier walks on the road towards Sake holding his daughter's hand, near the city of Goma in eastern Congo, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

A Congolese Government soldier walks on the road towards Sake holding his daughter's hand, near the city of Goma in eastern Congo, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A Congolese man plays his guitar as he walks past U.N. peacekeepers outside the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo offices in Goma, October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A Congolese man plays his guitar as he walks past U.N. peacekeepers outside the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo offices in Goma, October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

A Congolese man plays his guitar as he walks past U.N. peacekeepers outside the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo offices in Goma, October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People throw stones at U.N. peacekeepers patrolling on a road in Kibati, about 25 km (16 miles) north of the provincial capital of Goma, October 28, 2008. UREUTERS/Stringer </p>

People throw stones at U.N. peacekeepers patrolling on a road in Kibati, about 25 km (16 miles) north of the provincial capital of Goma, October 28, 2008. UREUTERS/Stringer

People throw stones at U.N. peacekeepers patrolling on a road in Kibati, about 25 km (16 miles) north of the provincial capital of Goma, October 28, 2008. UREUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A boy displaced by fighting waits for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A boy displaced by fighting waits for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A boy displaced by fighting waits for aid to be distributed at the village of Ntamugenga in eastern Congo, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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