New York - A new UN report says the number of refugees
fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo swelled by more than 350 000 in
just the past few months as fighting escalated, pushing the number of people
uprooted in the long-running conflict to 3 million.
The DRC conflict is a spillover from the 1994 genocide in neighbouring
Rwanda. Hundreds of Hutus who participated in the mass slaughter escaped into DRC
and still fight there. Fighting has continued over two decades.
The report to the Security Council released on Monday said
that as of the end of August, about 440 000 Congolese had become refugees in neighbouring
Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. A report three months ago put that number at 70 000.
An estimated 2.6 million Congolese have been driven from
their homes but remain inside the country.