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CODECO Rebels Kill Mother, Infant In Dhedi, DR Congo

CODECO rebels are notorious for attacking internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps and also stopping displaced persons from accessing their farm.

A 28-year-old woman and her eight-month-old child were killed on Friday May 6, by Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebels in Dhedi village, about 1.5 km from the displaced persons site, Plaine Savo, three kilometres from Bule centre in Djugu territory, Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The rebels also injured the 30-year-old husband of the murdered woman. 

According to Claude Dino, the manager of the Plaine Savo site, the couple were on their farm to harvest food when they were attacked by the CODECO militia.

“We have just lost two displaced persons in our site of Plaine Savo and the husband is wounded in the village of Dhedi, about 1.5 kilometres from the Plaine Savo site in the Gali tribal group. The two corpses are on the site right now,” Dino said.

Charite Banza, President of the civil society group of Bule confirmed the incident.

“We regret that some months ago, the Plaine Savo site was the target of attacks and here we are today that a couple that went to the farm to search for food was attacked by militia. We angrily regret this killing and demand that the authorities restore security in the Bule region,” Banza said.

The murder of the woman and her child is the latest killing by the rebels among the displaced persons who have resorted to farming to survive.

They are facing difficulties accessing their farms because of insecurity brought about by the CODECO armed group.

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