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Fireworks spread terror in war weary town
July 1, 2009 / 4:41 PM / 8 years ago

Fireworks spread terror in war weary town

GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - Independence day fireworks sent terrified Congolese sprinting for cover on Tuesday in fear that war had broken out again in their eastern city.

<p>Fireworks are set off over the Grand Harbour in Valletta, Malta, May 1, 2009. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi</p>

Officials had organized the display in Goma to highlight efforts to end more than a decade of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to show a sign of normal life returning to the region, where a peace deal took hold in January.

But residents feared it was a raging gun battle.

“I hit the ground not knowing what was going on,” said 23-year-old student Aminata Kavugho.

Around 5.4 million people have died as a result of Congo’s 1998-2003 war and the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe, making it the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II.

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