AFRICA/DR CONGO - Islamist threat in Kivu and Mozambique: States in southern Africa should act together

Wednesday, 2 December 2020 terrorism   jihadists  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - The Islamist threat in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the north of Mozambique is a common challenge and all countries in southern Africa must face it together. This is what the human rights organization CEPADHO, based in North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, demands. The province has been shaped for decades by the violence of the Ugandan rebels of the ADF. CEPADHO welcomes the SADC Extraordinary Defense and Security Summit in Gaberone, Botswana, dedicated to the Islamist threat in Mozambique and the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Heads of state and government from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as the Congolese President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi attended the meeting.
"Considering the scale of the terrorist threat posed by the series of repeated massacres of civilians perpetrated by the Islamists of the ADF/MTM in Beni, North-Kivu (eastern DRC), for the past 6 years and, given its proven links with the movement ANSAR AL-SUNNA, active in the Province of Cabo Delgado, in Mozambique, all linked to the Islamic State/Daesh, the States in the Region no longer have the right to errors of appreciation. They are called to act promptly and in solidarity with the armed forces to stem this great danger", affirms CEPADHO.
"CEPADHO, which welcomes the presence of the Congolese Head of State at the meeting, invites the SADC states to agree on a regional force (which expressly includes Angola) to support the armies of the DRC and Mozambique" .
In fact, troops from the SADC countries are already replacing the UN peacekeeping forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 2/12/2020)