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Latest update : 2008-05-24

In two days a UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has found seven mass graves containing over one hundred dead bodies, believed to be victims of the two last civil wars from 1996 to 2003.

Four more mass graves were unearthed Saturday in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo near a site where others containing around 100 bodies had been discovered, the United Nations said.

"The UN Mission in DRCongo (MONUC) ... discovered on Saturday four new mass graves, bringing to seven the number found in the past 24 hours at Maboya," UN spokesman Kemal Saiki said.

Maboya is situated in Nord-Kivu, around 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the regional capital, Goma.

"According to statements given to MONUC officials by local sources, the graves contains the corpses of civilians -- men, women and children -- plus soldiers from various forces which fought for control of Maboya" between 1996 and 2003, the last two Congolese civil wars, he added.

MONUC estimated there were around 100 bodies in the mass graves discovered Friday, but had no initial estimate of the new discoveries.

Date created : 2008-05-24

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