"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

9.15.2007

eye of the storm

"Today, we are in a relatively calm situation, as there is a suspension of hostilities between the two parties, the dissidents and the FARDC. One has the impression of being in the eye of the storm, which is to say we are in a calm period, but we don’t know what what will happen next.

"We are very afraid. All the humanitarians had already envisaged a contingency plan since July, to cater for more than 280,000 newly displaced in the province.

"One is approaching this scenario more and more and we are really appealing to have a political solution, a negotiated solution, so that the weapons will stop firing, because each time it is the civilian population that suffers."

-Patrick Lavand'homme, UNOCHA, Goma.

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