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    Posted November 21, 2012 by
    Gisenye, Dem. Rep. of Congo

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    Women and children flee Democratic Republic of Congo after rebels invade Goma


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     WorldVision1 security manager Robert Musinguzi captured video of dozens of people fleeing violence in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, and heading into Gisenyi, Rwanda. Toward the end of the video, you can see people carrying their belongings as they leave town. 'It was so difficult to see children running in the rain, trying to get away from the violence. They don't understand the fighting or the war. They are running across borders, hearing bombs. It's terrifying for a child. They know they are in danger, and they are scared' he said.

    Another World Vision aid worker, Aimee Manimani, said, 'Yesterday, when I heard the sounds of the bombs and mortar, I just got depressed. I started crying. I couldn’t control myself. I had to leave home again.'

    Manimani continued: 'Like most of my Congolese, I feel humiliated by everything that we are forced to go through. I feel disgusted to leave everything behind and flee ... We had a normal life; we could face poverty and many other difficulties, we could manage all with the hope that everything will be fine one day. But now we must flee. Parents and children have to hide under the bed, in the bushes or wherever they would feel safe. Now thousands of parents can’t even protect their children ... this makes me very sad.' See more photos from the DRC here.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Women and children in Democratic Republic of Congo rush to the border of Rwanda to evacuate after M23 rebels have invaded the city of Goma. World Vision calls for the protection of women and children, as thousands are at risk of violence and kidnapping.
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