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The troubled north-eastern Ituri region is often described as the bloodiest corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2003 a French rapid-reaction force was sent to the town of Bunia in an effort to stop ethnic killings. Shortly after a UN peacekeeping force took over and since then they managed to disarm a number of militia fighters including many child soldiers. But up till today the international community did not manage to secure a larger area than in and around Bunia town. In other parts of the Ituri region different ethnic militias are still terrorizing the local population.