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Zaire / Civil War / Refugees #415980

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 09, 1997
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The day's events in Zaire, where the government of President Mobutu Sese Seko is collapsing, reviewed.

(State Department: Steve Hurst) The situation in Zaire under Mobutu's 32- year regime reviewed; details given of the United States support for the robber baron Mobutu until now. [White House press secretary Michael McCURRY - denies suggesting Mobutu should resign.] [State Department spokesman Nicholas BURNS - criticizes the culture of authoritarianism.]

(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Report introduced.

(Kisangani, Zaire: Catherine Bond) The plight of the refugees in Zaire featured; scenes shown from the trail of death near Kisangani, where decomposing bodies lie along the route and from the refugee camp, where the people are weakening.

(Studio: Bernard Shaw) United Nations efforts to airlift refugees out of Zaire to Rwanda noted.

Bond, Catherine;
Bowker, Hilary;
Hurst, Steve;
Shaw, Bernard;
Woodruff, Judy

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