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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Goma in 'State of War'

GOMA, Zaire () ? International relief agencies said Thursday that security in the eastern Zairean town of Goma, the hub of a huge relief operation for Rwandan refugees, was now worse than anything they had previously experienced.


"We are in a virtual state of war in the big refugee camps," said Ray Wilkinson, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He cited more than half a dozen incidents in which grenades had been thrown and refugees had been shot and hacked to death in the past two days.


Wilkinson said that experienced aid workers found the degree of danger to themselves and those they were trying to help more serious that anything they had experienced in countries like Afghanistan or Cambodia.