Rebels fleeing from the battles in Zaire have been sighted moving through neighbouring Zambia on their way back to refuge in Angola.
Rebels fleeing from the battles in Zaire have been sighted moving through neighbouring Zambia on their way back to refuge in Angola. Eyewitnesses in Zambia said on Wednesday (24 May) there was no sign of white hostages -- scores of men, women and children -- the rebels were alleged to have taken. However, the rebels in Zambia told sources the hostages were being sent from Zaire to Angola by a direct route.
SYNOPSIS: Striking south-west from Kolwezi, scene of the bloody massacre last week, the rebels on a direct path to Angola had to cross a narrow neck of Zambian territory, less than fifty kilometres wide. Reports said hundreds of rebels were seen passing through north-west Zambia apparently unmolested by Zambian authorities. An eyewitness said they began coming early on Tuesday (23 May) without visible official hindrance. But there had been a report of a skirmish between rebels and Zambian troops on the main road through to Angola. The Zambian government refused to confirm any movement of rebels through their country.
Some of the rebels were carrying loot from Zaire. This area, which sits like a carbuncle on the north-western shoulder of Zambia, is sparsely populated. Only a few police patrol it on bicycles, and the government's presence is minimal in places like this...the road to Sekeji, a border village.
The road, along which some rebel vehicles had already passed, runs close by the Sekeji school. Headmaster David Foster described the anxieties the rebel traffic had caused them, and plans for the children's safety.