The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has disclosed that seven humanitarian workers were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2021.
Three were killed in North Kivu, two in Ituri, one in South Kivu, and one in Tanganyika province, the UN agency revealed. It also disclosed that 292 cases of armed violence were recorded in the DR Congo last year.
“Acts of a criminal nature, such as armed robbery and the holdup of vehicles/humanitarian convoys committed by diverse types of actors, constitute one of the principal causes of acts of violence towards humanitarian personnel.”
In 2021, the UNOCHA documented 556 adult victims of sexual violence linked to conflict involving 548 women and eight men, among whom 96 per cent (531 women and six men) were victims of violence.
The figures dropped by 21per cent as compared to 2020 when 680 adult victims were documented.
Combatants of armed groups remain primarily responsible for a majority of persons affected in 2021 (70 per cent).
The UN agency said state actors were responsible for 30 per cent of the cases with 28 per cent of them being soldiers of the DR Congo national army, FARDC.
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