The United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has said despite ongoing military operations against armed groups, the security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continues to deteriorate.
“The security situation is not ameliorating. This fact should not be hidden. It even has the tendency of deteriorating according to the zones,” General Benoit Chavanat, Assistant Commander of MONUSCO said.
“In Ituri, we have the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) in the north which has evolved a little in their objectives and which has, you know, been attacking camps for displaced persons.”
General Chavanat also cited the Allied Defence Forces (ADF) “which continue to commit atrocities here in the province of North Kivu and Ituri which have been under a state of siege since May last year”.
“Still in the troubled eastern DR Congo, you have the M23, from which we are feeling a resurgence of activities especially against the DR Congo national army, FARDC, directly and indirectly against civilians.”
The UN officer said “Further to the south, the Mai-Mai are attacking communities in the Hauts-Plateaux of Minembwe in the South Kivu province”.
For the past 25 years, the eastern DR Congo has been gripped by violence due to the presence of tens of armed groups which have been carrying out exactions on the civilian populations.
In Ituri, the CODECO group last Saturday massacred 14 displaced persons, among whom were seven children, while in North Kivu, the ADF on the same day, Saturday March 19, 2022 killed four travellers in an ambush they laid against passengers plying the roads of the province.
Since Nov. 30, 2021, the DR Congo armed forces, FARDC and the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have been carrying out joint military operations against ADF rebels who are of Ugandan origin.
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