Thousands uprooted in latest DRC conflict

DRC soldiersFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – A civilian has been killed, 12 000 others displaced and schooling ground to a halt following renewed clashes over land in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo.
About 900 houses and three schools have been burnt and farmlands devasted after the conflict pittting the Tchulu and Lodjo communities in the northeast Ituri Province.
A battle to control a strategic hill has triggered the violence that was last recorded between 1998 and 2003 when nearly 60 000 people and more than 300 000 were displaced.
Dr Mamadou Diallo, United Nations humanitaria coorditator in the DRC, said the situation was dire for the displaced with massive food insecurity looming.
About 1 000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in a church-owned site in Komanda, some75 km south of Bunia, are under threat of further displacement.
Landowners have advised these people that they must vacate the site by April 31st while the security conditions in their areas of origin are not yet conducive to encourage return.
“This situation is of concern to the humanitarian community,” Diallo said
The land clashes are the latest in a series of lawlesness afflicting the central African country.
Hundreds have been killed in the central Kasai region following clashes between government forces and militia groups loyal to a slain tribal leader. Last week two UN rights experts and two local aides were found dead weeks after going missing.
East DRC is also gripped by militancy worsened by President Joseph Kabila clinging to power at the end of his mandated two terms last November.
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