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2,900 soldiers from South Africa to be sent to Democratic Republic of Congo

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent 2,900 soldiers to help fight against armed rebel groups in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The soldiers will go to Congo as part of a mission from southern African countries. It was approved by a group of countries in that region in May of last year.

Malawi and Tanzania will also send soldiers to help with the mission.

The mission is taking the place of the East African regional force, which left DR Congo in December because the government thought it wasn’t working well.

The deployment will cost South Africa 2 billion Rand ($105 million; £83 million) and will last until December this year, according to a statement from the presidency.

The announcement comes as there is more fighting happening, which has caused many people to leave their homes in DR Congo. About seven million people have been forced to leave their homes because of different conflicts.

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