AFRICA/DR CONGO - New massacres in Ituri

Friday, 14 February 2020 terrorism   massacres  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - Massacres continue in general indifference in Ituri, in the province of North Kivu, in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, attributed to the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces). According to reports and sent to Fides by the Center for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO), a local NGO for the defense of human rights, between 7 and 9 February several civilians were massacred,.
In particular, on February 7, 8 civilians were slaughtered by ADF men in the village of Sibe. On February 8, another 12 people were killed in a village, while another 3 in the village of Toko-Toko. On Sunday 9 February, terrorists attacked the village of Makeke where they killed 3 women and 4 men with machetes. One of the attackers was captured by the police. His companions then attacked the police post, and managed to free him. Another 9 civilians were captured and forced to bring plundered assets during the raid.
Following these incursions, the populations of the affected villages took refuge in the city of Beni. We are talking about 20,000 families for a total of more than 200,000 displaced people, some of whom have found shelter with family and friends, but the rest are forced to camp in makeshift shelters. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 14/2/2020)