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Africa

Little to celebrate on independence day

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Video by Arnaud ZAJTMAN , Marlène RABAUD , Patrick LOVETT

Latest update : 2009-07-02

On June 30, the people of Goma were invited to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But in the capital of the war-stricken North Kivu province, there is little to cheer about.

FRANCE 24's correspondent in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Arnaud Zajtman, takes us to Goma in North Kivu province, where independence day fireworks sent terrified Congolese sprinting for cover in fear that war had broken out again.

Also in the programme, Nicolas Vercken of Oxfam France discusses the dire humanitarian situation in the war-stricken country.

Date created : 2009-07-02

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