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Crimes Of War: Returning Congolese Refugees Find Homes, Lands Have Been Stolen

Since the end of the civil war, many of the refugees exiled in neighboring African countries have been coming home to the Democratic Republic of Congo, only to find that their homes have been stolen or sold, and that there's little they can do ab

Women working the fields in Sud-Kiva (Syfia Grand Lacs)
Women working the fields in Sud-Kiva (Syfia Grand Lacs)
Evariste Mahamba and Jean Chrysostome Kijana

BARAKA – Once, they had fled their land and homes to escape the armed conflict plaguing their region. Now Congolese refugees from the Fizi and Uvira territories are coming back home after years of exile to find their old property has been occupied – or destroyed -- by others.

Here in the Sud-Kivu province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 64,000 locals have already come back from Tanzania and Burundi since 2005. Some 60,000 Congolese are still living in Tanzania and 29,000 in Burundi. Most of them won't come home because they are worried they won't be able to recover the lands and properties they left behind years earlier.

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War In Ukraine, Day 124: Zelensky To G7, Let’s Try To End War Before Winter

Ukrainian President Zelensky addressed the G7 leaders via video call at the summit in Kruen, Germany, where he asked to “intensify sanctions” against Russia and warned against the war dragging on.

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Shaun Lavelle, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told G7 leaders that he wanted the Russia-Ukraine war to end before the winter sets in, according to Reuters.

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Zelensky addressed the G7 leaders via video call at the summit in Kruen, Germany, where he asked to “intensify sanctions” against Russia. He also requested more reconstruction aid, aircraft defense systems, further help on exporting grain out of the country as well as security guarantees.

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