U.N. voices 'deep concern' on Zaire death reports
April 23, 1997
Web posted at: 5:20 p.m. EDT (2120 GMT)
(CNN) -- The United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday
voiced "deep concern" over reports that Zairian rebels may
have killed many Rwandan Hutu refugees at camps near
Spokeswoman Pam O'Toole said officials of the rebel
Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of
Congo-Zaire had refused permission earlier in the day for the
U.N. agency to send a plane to fly over the Kasese area where
there had been some 55,000 refugees. She said the agency was
also being denied clearance to travel to the camps by road or
across the Zaire river.
Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to the
international community to press rebel leader Laurent Kabila
and his commanders to allow humanitarian aid to get through
to an estimated 100,000 refugees in Zaire.
"You can kill people by shooting or starving. ... What's
happening is starvation," the secretary-general said, adding
that he is "shocked and appalled at the inhumanity" of those
barring assistance to the refugees.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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