Amnesty visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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In late November, Amnesty International was present as thousands of Congolese people fled across the DRC border into Uganda. Many of those fleeing had been on the road for days, carrying what few possessions they had been able to gather in the moments before an armed group attack swept down on their towns and villages.

Many of those crossing the border reported having been robbed by marauding gunmen on the roads leading to the border inside DRC. Others witnessed abductions of civilians by armed group fighters, usually to serve as porters to carry looted goods. A large proportion of those fleeing were children, many of whom had become separated from their parents during their flight.

Around 30,000 have so far sought refuge in Uganda.