At least 22 persons were killed on Sunday, Nov. 28, in Hivo, near Drodro in Ituri province of DR Congo, during an attack by Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebels.
The attack was the fourth on a displaced persons camp since the middle of November this year.
“I am shocked, angry and profoundly sad by these repeated attacks against civilian populations, forced to leave their homes in order to stay away from violence,” declared McLachlan-Karr, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“It is imperative to protect these populations. I reiterate that these women, these men and these children must be able to live in peace.”
“These attacks are flagrant violations of international humanitarian law and the Kampala Convention of 2009 on internally displaced persons.”
McLachlan-Karr said the attacks must stop saying “I no longer want to count the number of attacks that these already vulnerable populations have been subjected to. Humanitarian aid would be rapidly brought in to assist them.”
The European Union has equally condemned these “new frightful attacks committed by militia against civilians, notably internally displaced persons in Ituri.
“Firmness against the authors and their supporters and justice for the victims are necessary for lasting peace in the region,” the EU said.
There are 1.7 million displaced persons in Ituri at the moment and the Sunday attack was the fourth against displaced persons in Ituri province since Nov. 19, 2021.
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