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Armed Groups In Dr Congo Kill 117 Civilians In One Month

In the month of Sept. 2021 alone, armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 117 civilians including 94 men, 19 women, and four children.

These figures are contained in the most recent monthly report of the United Nations Joint Bureau for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo published on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

According to the report, members of armed groups were responsible for 306 violations of human rights representing 58 per cent of the total number of violations recorded throughout the country, which is a marked reduction of about 9 per cent as compared to 334 violations registered in the month of Aug. 2021.

About 94 per cent of the violations documented in Sept. 2021 were committed in the provinces affected by conflicts which stands at 494 violations and resulted in the deaths of at least 127 civilians. 102 of them were men, 21 were women, and four children.

Unlike the preceding months, armed groups are the principal perpetrators of violations in the provinces with 62 per cent of total incidents recorded.

The majority of violations were registered in North Kivu province, with 297 incidents recorded there, which is about 60 per cent of all violations committed in the provinces. North Kivu is followed by Ituri with 70 violations or 14 per cent South Kivu, with 50 per cent or 10 per cent, Tanganyika with 32 violations or 7 per cent, Kasai-Central with 23 violations or 5 per cent, Kasai with 12 violations or 2 per cent, Maniema with nine violations or 2 per cent and Kasai-Oriental with one violation.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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