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ADF Attacks In Komanda, DR Congo Displace Over 100,000 Villagers

The UNOCHA disclosed that some of the displaced persons are civilians who had taken refuge in Komanda in 2020 from fights between the army and negative forces.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), attacks by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on the locality of Komanda in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have displaced at least 100,000 persons since September this year, 

The UNOCHA disclosed that some of the displaced persons are civilians who had taken refuge in Komanda in 2020 fleeing from fighting between the army and negative forces in several villages in the region, and who have now been forced to flee again.

“The local authorities and the civil society estimate that about 100,000 persons have run away from Komanda and its environs since Sept. 23,” the UNOCHA reveals in an information note published on Wednesday Oct. 13.

“Among these people, at least 95 per cent of 60,000 are inhabitants from Komanda, Makayanga and Mangiva and the other 40,000 are persons who found refuge in 2020 and who have had to flee once again.”

The displaced persons took various directions in the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu and Tshopo. Since 2020, Komanda has welcomed about 40,000 displaced persons coming in from Nyankunde and Marabo.

At least three ADF attacks have been recorded in Komanda in the past days, causing the deaths of many persons and the destruction of houses and vehicles.

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