a most peculiar war crimes allegation
- The following article appeared on page A13 of the Wednesday, 9 January 2003,
edition of The Arizona Republic. It is credited only to wire services.
U.N. INVESTIGATES CLAIMS PYGMIES EATEN IN CONGO
Nairobi, Kenya--A U.N. team is investigating reports that Congolese rebel
troops have killed and eaten Pygmies in northeastern Congo.
"The U.N. is taking these accusations very seriously," said Manodje
Mounoubai of the U.N. mission in Congo.
The six-person team has been in Ituri province for a week, looking into
the accusations that forces of the rebel Congolese Liberation Movement
and its allied Congolese Rally for Democracy-National killed and ate Pygmies
in the dense tropical forests.
U.N. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said investigators
have established that the charges are credible.
The two rebel factions often hire Pygmies to hunt food for them. If the
expert hunters return empty-handed, rebel troops kill and eat them, a U.N.