UN Raises Alarm on Eastern DR Congo Atrocities

The United Nation's High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) has said that atrocities committed by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's east, has become part of a systematic pattern to disrupt lives, instil fear and wreak havoc. It added that more than 2,000 civilians were killed in three eastern provinces in 2020, in attacks mainly attributed to armed groups. The violence is continuing in 2021. The most recent incident occurred in late January, when two men were killed and six others were seriously injured, following an incursion into a site for forcibly displaced people in Masisi Territory in the North Kivu province. UNHCR Spokesperson Babor Baloch said that three people from the Kivuye displacement site, which is supported by the agency, were kidnapped in raids by an armed group. The group has also imposed a curfew in the area and visits homes to force residents to make "security" payments

An internally displaced Congolese woman cooks food in Bunia.camp (file photo).

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