Villagers killed in recurrent DRC land clashes

Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo[/captionFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – AT least four people have been killed and thousands displaced in the resurgent land disputes in the unstable eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
A repetition of incursions by armed elements from the South Sudanese into the region is exacerbating these displacements.
Casualties have been reported during land dispute between residents of
Yimbu and Akara while an unknown number of villagers have fled to the
locality of Mosongwa in Mahagi Territory.
Some 20 houses were burn and vast fields and other property destroyed.
In Djugu, an inter-communal conflict has resulted in a displacement of
more than 12 000 people while in the territory of Aru, the population ofKamaka has fled as a result of the land conflict that has pitted it
against the village of Irivo since end of April.
Some 30 houses have destroyed during the clashes.
In the Mahagi territory, since the end of April, there has been a reboundin conflicts between the villages of Jupafoyo and Jupanyar Unore.
As a result, nearly 12 000 people have been forced to relocate to various localities between Ndrele and Ngote.
Meanwhile, elements of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) from the Southern Sudanese town of Morobu have often raided the Rakanya village outside the Aru Territory.
During a recent incursion, a 65-year-old refugee was beaten to death.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is concerned the local population now lives in fear of the elements of SPLA and other armed men who frequent the area.
The office recommended that authorities take steps to strengthen the
protection of civilians and refugees.
“More efforts should be made by decision-makers to strengthen the
presence of state authority in the areas where conflicts remain endemic,” said a spokesperson.
– CAJ News

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