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MISNA - September 22, 2005 11:51 AM

A 'peace market' for commercial trade between different communities was inaugurated yesterday in Bunia, capital of the Ituri province (east Democratic Republic of Congo) in occasion of celebrations, held also in other parts of the nation, to mark the World Peace Day promoted by the UN. The location of the market, 5km north of the city in a 15,000 sq/m clearing now crowded with stalls open three times a week, was chosen because it is the same where the Lendu and Hema communities - involved in ethnic clashes - in 2003 decided to spontaneously reach an accord. Always in name of reconciliation and harmony, a marathon was organised yesterday in Matadi, provincial capital of Bas-Congo, along the border with Angola, departing from the city stadium and concluding after 10km outside the offices of the MONUC (United Nations Mission in DR-Congo) in Kikanda. In the afternoon, a concert was held in the port city by five choruses of different religious confessions.


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