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DR Congo: Over 80 Displaced Families Arrive Tanganyika Territory After Twigwaneho Attacks

The attack by the militia leading to the displacements was led by Colonel Michel Rukundo who deserted from the Congolese national army.

Over 80 families have arrived in villages in Tanganyika sector in the lower plateau of Fizi territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo, from Mikenge village in Mwenga territory of South Kivu, following last Sunday, Nov. 14, attacks by Twirwaneho and Ngumino militia.

The attacks left eight persons dead.

Most of the displaced persons have been arriving in Mulima, Kanguli, Nakiele, and Kilumbi villages

“These displaced persons are actually in Mulima, Kanguli, Nkiele and Kilumbi. We are with those who came in from the village of Mikenge and the others are still on their way here,” said M’Munga Innocent, President of the Mulima civil society.

“Among them are women, men and children. Actually, we are now in the rainy season and they are very disturbed by the rain. We risk losing some of them to death. Some have found refuge in churches, others in host families and others are in schools,” Innocent added. 

Most of these persons were constrained to escape again because they had already been displaced some months ago from their homes and came in from the villages of Kamombo, Sangani and Kanyrura where there were armed clashes.

The initial casualty figure resulting from the attack by Twigwaneho and Gumino militia on Sunday, Nov. 13, on Mikenge village in Itombwe was two but has increased  to eight.

“On Monday November 14 morning, we recorded six deaths among whom were two adults and four children as well as nine wounded whom we took to the Itombwe reference hospital for medical attention,” Mickson Alaka, secretary of the Itombwe civil society revealed.

“However, on Nov. 15, two of the wounded persons died and the remaining seven were taken to Bukavu with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This brings to eight the number of civilians killed and seven wounded.”

Several displaced persons continue to head towards the middle plateau of Minembwe and Kipupu.

The attack by the militia led by Colonel Michel Rukundo who deserted from the Congolese national army, FARDC, targeted a displaced persons site in Mikenge.

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