Zairians attack aid train
Kinshasa residents wait for rebels' arrival
April 21, 1997
Web posted at: 12:14 p.m. EDT (1614 GMT)
KINSHASA, Zaire (CNN) -- U.N. aid operations were suspended
Monday after Zairians attacked and looted a train loaded with
food bound for Rwandan refugees.
Zairian mobs also attacked a food depot and attacked
international journalists and aid workers near Kasese, 26
kilometers (16 miles) south of Kisangani. The Zairians
reportedly blame Rwandan Hutu militiamen among the refugees for the deaths of at least six local people.
Rebel soldiers did nothing to prevent or stop the attacks,
"We cannot continue to keep sending food worth tens of
thousands of dollars without assurances form the rebels,"
said Michele Quintaglie of the U.N.'s World Food Program.
The rebels, who have taken nearly half the country in the
drive to oust President
Mobutu Sese Seko, are preparing for
an assault on the capital, Kinshasa.
"The war against the devil continues," said rebel leader
Laurent Kabila. "But there is still much work to be done and
to finish the job we must get to Kinshasa."
Many in the capital eagerly await Kabila's arrival. Long-
silent political parties, emboldened by the rebels'
successes, have begun raising their voices again.
"There are a lot of potential leaders in this country," said
Andre Kalonzo of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress.
"And the Mobutu regime has worked at preventing these people
But the war has not yet come to Kinshasa, said French school
history professor Frank Meriau. More than half the school's
students and their parents have left Zaire, as have their
counterparts at the American school.
Those that remain appear unconcerned about the approaching
"You know things are OK, and it's all right to be here and
that this is a safe place," American school principal Larry
Cummins told his students.
Correspondent Mike Hanna and
Reuters contributed to this report.
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