FARDC Soldiers Train With UN Before Election

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1 avril 2011

FARDC Soldiers Train With UN Before Election

BUNIA, CONGO – MARCH 23: FARDC (Forces Armees de la Republique Democratique du Congo) soldiers, the national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo, stand together as they participate in training exercises March 23, 2006 in Bunia, Congo. The FARDC have been accused of robbing, raping and looting in towns and villages all across Congo. After a mutiny last month against the United Nations (UN) peace keepers they were patrolling with, the FARDC are being re-trained with the assistance of the UN. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country that loses an estimated 1,400 people per day due to war since 1998, is struggling to hold presidential elections this summer. The volatile east of the country, which is situated hundreds of miles from the capital Kinshasa, has been the focal point of continued violence. Numerous militias and warlords have vied for control of the mineral rich eastern Congo for decades, creating instability and continued bloodshed. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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