03 May 2013

Thousands of people have fled the town of Pinga in eastern Congo following renewed fighting between local armed groups, and nine members of Doctors Without Borders' Congolese staff have gone missing, the aid group said on Friday...Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, initially said that 11 members of its Congolese staff had gone missing, but two staff members have since been accounted for. Stellema said the aid group expected to hear from the others soon...The feud between the two militias in Pinga has gone on for years, but the fighting has intensified since the start of a new rebellion in the area one year ago. A fighting force known as M23 is behind the new rebellion and is alleged to be backed by Rwanda, an allegation the country denies.

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