The Congo: Arrows to Heaven

For the 106 European hostages still held by the Simbas in the Buta area north of Stanleyville, life had not been too bad. Although they had been bypassed by the mercenary-led columns that had cleared most of the rest of the northeast Congo, their captors had treated them well. The rebel commander ordered his Simbas not to molest them, and many of the Europeans still lived in their own houses. Some, after giving their word of honor that they would return to Buta, were permitted brief visits to government-held towns. The commander even allowed one Belgian nun to go...

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