Catholic Group: 400 Dead In Congo Massacres

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The Catholic charity Caritas says Ugandan rebels have killed more than 400 people in northeastern Congo since
Christmas.

On Monday, officials and witnesses said attackers had hacked to
death scores of people who sought refuge at a Catholic church the
day after Christmas. The United Nations said the rebels had killed
a total of 189 people in three villages in the area on two recent days.

The Lord's Resistance Army has waged one of Africa's most brutal
wars for the last two decades.

Aid and rights groups have accused the rebels of cutting off the lips of civilians and forcing thousands of children to serve as soldiers or sex slaves. The conflict has spilled out of northern Uganda into Sudan and Congo.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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