600 killed in DRC army, militia combat

congo rebelsFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 600 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in central Democratic Republic of Congo following spiraling clashes between government forces and militia loyal to a tribal leader.
The fighting pitting the Armed Forces of DRC and loyalists to Kamuina Nsapu, which have displaced more than 216 000 in recent months, are projected to continue in the Kasai region, furthering displacements and increasing humanitarian needs.
Provincial are frantically battle for a solution with no end in sight to the bloodshed.
The fighting broke out last Augusts after Nsapu’s militia expressed frustration government was not recognising their leader.
The majority of these people have fled to villages in Kasai Oriental and nearby forests where their needs include food and shelter.
People have lost the capacity to meet their immediate food needs, as they have fled their land. Fighting has destroyed crops and food stocks, affecting over 100 000 people.
This is a tactic particularly used by Nsapu’s militia.
At least 100 houses and basic infrastructure including schools and clinics have been destroyed in fighting.
Roads in Kasai-Central have been inaccessible due to fighting and the presence of militia.
Humanitarian group, Assessment Capacities Project, said displaced populations are likely to need of psychosocial support following grave human rights abuses and rape by the rebels.
“Children are at risk of recruitment by militia,” a spokesperson warned.9

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