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Aid Convoy to go to Congo

The United Nations is sending a convoy of food and medical supplies to help people who have been displaced by recent fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the BBC News, 250,000 people have found themselves in this situation.

Aid groups were expected to travel into the Congo's rebel-held territory on Sunday, according to CNN International.

On Saturday, aid groups delivered food and water to a refugee camp north of Goma, traveling through a narrow "humanitarian corridor" the rebels established following a cease-fire with government forces that the rebels announced Wednesday. (CNN International)

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told CNN Intenational the international community cannot allow Congo to become "another Rwanda," where 800,000 died during a 1994 genocide.

"Our priority is to restart the activities at many health centres in the area," Gloria Fernandez, head of the UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Goma told BBC News. "We're taking health supplies, water, and sanitation."