UN investigators unearth holocaust in DRC

DRC executedFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – A team of investigators deployed by the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reported horrific scenes of killing of infants and dozens of civilians by armed militia created to bolster government forces against militants in the Kasai region.
The Bana Mura, allegedly created to support the army in fighting the Kamuina Nsapu militia, has allegedly carried out dreadful attacks against civilians from the Luba and Lulua ethnic groups.
Investigators deployed by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, reported refugees from multiple villages in the Kamonya territory indicated the Bana Mura had in the past two months shot dead,hacked, burned to death and mutilated hundreds of villagers.
Entire villages have been destroyed.
Hussein said his team saw children as young as two whose limbs had been chopped off.
Many babies had machete wounds and severe burns, it was reported.
One two-month-old baby seen by Hussein’s team had been hit by two bullets four hours after birth while at least two pregnant women were sliced open and their foetuses mutilated.
In the village of Cinq, dozens of men, women and children of the Luba and Lulua communities were reportedly killed with firearms, machetes or burnt to death.
Hundreds of assailants also allegedly attacked the main health centre and killed some 90 patients and, medical personnel.
Congolese authorities and traditional chiefs have reportedly accompanied the Bana Mura during attacks.
The UN team was deployed last week in the wake of the worsening situation in the Kasai.
“Their reports are harrowing, and indicate the situation in the Kasais has not only escalated but has also become much more complex,” said Hussein.
Some 1,3 million internally displaced people have fled Kasai. Over 30 000 refugees have been registered in Angola.
Some 42 mass graves have been documented.
CAJ News

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