Bunia

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Bunia is a city in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and is the headquarters of Ituri Interim Administration in the Ituri region of Orientale Province. <!-- pre-). As of 2010 it had an estimated population of 327,837. -->

It lies at an elevation of 1275 m on a plateau about 30&nbsp;km west of Lake Albert in the Great Rift Valley, and about 25&nbsp;km east of the Ituri Forest.

The city is at the center of the Ituri conflict between the Lendu and Hema. In the Second Congo War the city and district were the scene of much fighting and many civilian deaths from this conflict, and related clashes between militias and Uganda-based forces. Consequently the city is the base of one of the largest United Nations peace-keeping forces in Africa, and its headquarters in northeastern DRC. The area's natural resources include gold mines over which militias and foreign forces have been fighting.

Transport

The main dirt highways connecting north-eastern DR Congo with Kisangani to the west and Butembo and Goma to the south pass through Bunia, but have fallen into disrepair and are virtually impassable, especially after the frequent rains.

Bunia is only 40&nbsp;km from the Ugandan border running down Lake Albert, but there are no road connections across the Great Rift Valley to the closest Ugandan towns of Toro and Fort Portal. Instead a dirt highway going north-east reaches Arua and Gulu north of the lake. Before the war made the route impassable,...
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