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Cholera threatens displaced Congolese

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Congolese gather on the roadside at an impromptu site for the displaced in Kanyarucinya on the outskirts of Goma back dropped by the Nyiragongo volcano in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Aug. 3, 2012. Clashes between local militia and government forces in northern Democratic Republic of Congo have sent 2,000 people fleeing into neighboring Uganda, various sources said Friday.

Jerome Delay / AP reports -- The first case of cholera has emerged among thousands of people in an impromptu refugee camp in eastern Congo. Civilians fled fighting between a new rebel group and government forces backed by U.N. peacekeepers. Doctors Without Borders reported Congo's army only controls the city of Goma and the village of Kibumba, six miles outside Goma. Now the rebels hold all towns as far north as Rutshuru and are threatening to besiege Goma. The U.N. Security Council on Thursday demanded that the M23 rebel group halt any advances toward Goma.

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Internally displaced Congolese sit in a school on the outskirts of Goma, eastern Congo on Aug. 3.

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Congolese government troops load onto a truck outside the U.N.'s main base in Goma, eastern Congo, on Aug. 3.

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