REFUGEES EMERGE FROM ZAIRIAN FOREST.Byline: Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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Cooperative news agency, the oldest and largest in the U.S. and long the largest in the world.
Rwandan refugees streamed out of the Virunga National Park Virunga National Park
formerly Albert National Park
Game preserve and gorilla sanctuary, northeastern Congo (Kinshasa). Established in 1925, it has an area of about 3,050 sq mi (7,900 sq km). in eastern Zaire on Saturday, making their way to the Rwandan border and home after 2-1/2 years in exile.
In the border town of Goma, transit point for more than half a million Rwandans who have returned in the past week, doctors reported a sharp rise in cases of cholera, which can be fatal if not immediately treated.
The latest refugees, numbering about 4,000, were exhausted and hungry, and said there were weaker people still in the forest who needed help.
Refugees in camps in eastern Zaire north and south of Lake Kivu Noun 1. Lake Kivu - a lake in the mountains of central Africa between Congo and Rwanda
Belgian Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zaire - a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960 fled to the surrounding countryside in the past month to escape fighting between Zairian rebels, government troops and Rwandan Hutu militiamen.
The militiamen had taken control of the huge Mugunga refugee camp northwest of Goma, but a rebel attack Nov. 15 drove them away and freed more than 500,000 refugees who poured back into Rwanda over the past week.
International relief organizations maintain there are still 700,000 refugees in eastern Zaire, but Rwandan Transport Minister Charles Murigande Dr. Charles Murigande (born 15 August 1958 in Butare, Rwanda) is an Rwandan politician. He has been foreign minister of the country since 15 November 2002. said in Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
Geneva (jənē`və), Fr. Genève, canton (1990 pop. 373,019), 109 sq mi (282 sq km), SW Switzerland, surrounding the southwest tip of the Lake of Geneva. that U.S. satellite photos indicated there were 175,000.
In a meeting of donor nations and aid agencies in Geneva, J. Brian Atwood, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said countries appeared willing to provide Rwanda with more than $700 million to help resettle resettle
[-tling, -tled] to settle to live in a different place
Verb 1. the returning refugees. No actual aid pledges were made, however.