Thousands at mercy of rampant DRC militia

drc-forcesFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) TENS of thousands of civilians have been caught in a cycle of violence in the central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after
escalating tensions between authorities and militia.
More than 100 people are reported dead.
The fighting in the provinces of Kasaï, Kasaï Central and Kasaï Oriental dates back to August 2016 coinciding with indications President Kabila
would not cede power when his mandate expired in December.
Public buildings and homes have been ransacked and scores of civilians displaced.
It is estimated that dozens of minors have been enrolled into the militia.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs determined that some 150 000 people had been affected by the violence.
“The situation is worsening by the day,” said Mamadou Diallo, UN humanitarian coordinator in DRC.
He appealed for funding from donors and the international community to cushion victims of the violence.
“We also call on the Congolese authorities to continue to do all within their power to resolve the root causes of this crisis,” Diallo added.
Volatile regions of the DRC are at the mercy of armed groups and the Congolese armed forces, who have all been accused of committing serious abuses against civilians.

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