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'A Fact-Finding Mission'

August 30, 2007

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This morning we had a brief security meeting. Laura told us there was more fighting just north last night. Goma is safe, although there have been some political assassinations, including a journalist last month. We sent our assessment teams in another direction, but will avoid Mugunga and Lac Vert, which are just a few kilometers from Sake. Indeed, one day we missed our turn off and came to a makeshift army checkpoint. Laura said that more people were streaming in from the countryside, displaced from the recent fighting and coming into the relative safety of Mugunga and Lac Vert.

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At dinner we met an Italian journalist named Pierrot who said that some Americans named Russ Feingold and Al Sharpton were here in Goma. A fact-finding mission. Could we explain who these gentlemen were?