Congo still mired in turmoil and violence

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A woman carries a mattress and other belongings past Congolese army soldiers as she flees to escape fighting between U.N.-backed government forces and renegade troops loyal to a local warlord, in the village of Sake in eastern Congo in this file photo.

A woman carries a mattress and other belongings past Congolese army soldiers as she flees to escape fighting between U.N.-backed government forces and renegade troops loyal to a local warlord, in the village of Sake in eastern Congo in this file photo. Two years after the massive Central African nation held its first free elections in half a century, life is as dangerous as ever for many in the east despite the presence of one of the largest U.N. peacekeeping forces in the world.

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