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Over 700 former Rwandan rebels re-
patriated from DRC: government

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Over 700 ex-combatants of Rwandan rebel group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have been repatriated to Rwanda from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), where the group is based, the Rwandan government said Friday in a statement.

Another group of over 800 is expected to be repatriated to in the near future, said the statement.

The ex-combatants, together with their spouses and children, were given reinstallation packages and medical screening in a demobilization and reintegration center in Musanze District, northern Rwanda, it said, adding that children are receiving all required immunisations while pregnant women will undergo all ante-natal care.

The ex-combatants have been living in different transit camps across eastern DR Congo for over the last two years, where they were gathered as part of a joint UN and regional efforts to repatriate all rebel groups in the region, according to the statement.

This repatriation is in line with last year’s decision of regional Heads of State, which set the deadline for repatriation without preconditions of the disarmed FDLR combatants and their dependents located in transit camps in eastern DR Congo by Oct. 20, 2018, said the government.

FDLR was formed after the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against Tutsi with the intention to topple the Rwandan government.

It is largely made up of elements blamed for perpetuating the genocide, which claimed over 1 million lives, mostly ethnic Tutsis,

For decades the rebel group has been accused of wreaking havoc in neighboring DRC, terrorizing the local population and profiting from DR Congo’s rich natural resources.



Six Rwandans handed 5-year jail terms over poaching

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- A high court in eastern Rwanda’s Ngoma district on Friday handed a five years jail sentence to six Rwandans each after finding them guilty of poaching wild animals in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, and selling them.

It also ordered each of the convicts to pay a fine of 5,673 U.S. dollars.

During the public hearing, they admitted to entering the park without permission and used various traditional weapons such as spears, and traps to kill animals, including antelopes and buffaloes between September and October this year.

Akagera National Park, located along the border with Tanzania, is central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda, according African Parks, which jointly manages the park with the Rwanda Development Board.



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