Congolese head home despite fear

Other News Materials 9 November 2008 12:17 (UTC +04:00)

The front line that divides government forces from rebel fighters around Goma in eastern DR Congo is a deceptively normal place, BBC reported.

For a few torrid days and nights, when fighting raged on the northern and western fringes of the city, it was a hellish battleground.

But now, if you are not in uniform or carrying a weapon, you can slip through the front-line almost without noticing it.

As you leave the city on the main road north of Goma that winds through the Virunga National Park up to Rutshuru, the first sign of trouble is a force of UN peacekeepers, their white armored vehicles parked by the roadside.

They represent Goma's last line of defense -- a force that will, according to the UN's peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy, use all its firepower to repel any armed group that tries to enter the city.