Congo mass graves bear witness to growing violence
21 March 2017 | 4:50 am
A mass grave of Congolese rebels seen by Reuters belies the increasingly brutal nature of fighting in the country that became worse after its president, Joseph Kabila, refused to step down at the end of his term.
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