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Some 251 Congolese refugees perish in boat tragedy

Dozens of children among dead, three days of mourning declared

27 March, 14:51
Some 251 Congolese refugees perish in boat tragedy (ANSA) - Kinshasa, March 27 - At least 251 Congolese refugees died when the boat they were travelling in sunk on Lake Albert in Africa's central Great Lakes region at the weekend, the Kinshasa government said Thursday.

The refugees were returning from a camp in Uganda to their native Democratic Republic of Congo on the western side of the lake.

On Tuesday the Ugandan authorities said they had recovered 107 bodies, including 57 children, in the wake of the disaster.

Kinshasa declared three days of national mourning starting Thursday for the victims.

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