War trauma lingers in the Republic of Congo’s Pool region
19 March 2021 | 6:13 am
With just days until the next presidential election on March 21, our team went to the Pool region in the south of the Republic of Congo. Back in 2016, the area was the site of a brutal war triggered by post-electoral violence which saw militiamen known as the “Ninjas” take up arms against government forces. A ceasefire was signed in December 2017, but the wounds are still raw.
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