The United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has announced the deployment of Uruguayan Blue Helmets to Djugu, where the Plaine Savo displaced persons site which was last week attacked by Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebels resulting in the deaths of 62 persons is located.
“MONUSCO has reinforced its presence in the Plaine Savo zone after the murderous attack of Feb. 1 against the camp for displaced persons by CODECO,” the UN agency disclosed in its daily report of Wednesday, Feb. 9.
“Following this attack against the displaced persons site of Plaine Savo in the night of Feb. 1, reinforcement of one mechanised company of Uruguayan Blue Helmets has been deployed for the protection of civilians.”
The publication further revealed that 18 wounded civilians have been evacuated by an aviation utility unit of Bangladeshis from Bayoo towards the civilian hospital of Bunia.
It noted that actions in sectors within sensible zones have dissuaded and attenuated the threat of violence in all the operation zone, assuring the protection and security of the civilians.
“The presence of Blue Helmets has assured the protection and local stability with robust patrols, an engagement against the armed groups and the regular support to security forces by the local population. The UN Force will continue all its effort to support and promote stability and peace in the DR Congo,” the report added.
MONUSCO confirmed the launch of an operation in Uzi, about 15 km to the south of Djugu on Feb. 6, “where the presence of CODECO militia was signalled in preparation for possible new attacks against sites for displaced persons.”
The operation permitted the chasing away of the militia from the zone. The site attacked by the CODECO rebels is situated in the locality of Bule in Djugu territory about 75 km to the north of Bunia.
Among those killed in the attack were 10 children and all the victims were buried in a mass grave on the site of the attack.
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