Death toll spikes in DRC’s Kivu
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) has killed more than 700 civilians in the restless in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past two years.
The killing of 50 civilians in the area of Rwangoma village on Saturday has worsened the death toll.
The Security Council, United Nations’ supreme body, expressed their deep concern regarding the persistence of violence in this region.
It stressed the need for the Government of the DRC to conduct a thorough and prompt investigation into these attacks in order to ensure that those responsible are held to account.
The members of the Security Council called on the Government of the DRC to take further military action, in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, as applicable, and with the support of UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) in accordance with its mandate, to end the threat posed by the ADF and all other armed groups operating in the region.
However, the Security Council recalled the drivers behind different armed groups’ activities were varied and there was no purely military solution to the problem of armed groups.
The groups are the main perpetrators of the ongoing violence in eastern DRC. So-called conflict minerals have been widely used to explain the rebels’ resilience.
– CAJ News
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