Exclusion blamed for raging DRC militancy

drc miliFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC,KINSHASA, (CAJ News)–A UNITED Nations envoy has cited unemployment and youths’ exclusion from the Democratic Republic of Congo vast resources as the causes of the resurgent militancy.This has claimed over 3 000 lives and displaced over 1 million civilians in the Kasai region. Adama Dieng, Special Advisor to the UN for the Prevention of Genocide, said inaccessible health and education were also to blame for the skirmishes.“When you see the number of unemployed young graduates, there are some sources of concern,” said Dieng during his tour of the troubled Central African country.
“Indeed, crimes do not just happen overnight, but they always have a base underlying to frustration.”Dieng, during his tour, met authorities of the Kasai region, religious leaders, human rights activists and some victims of the violence that has raged since August last year.
The killing of a tribal leader, Kamuina Nsapu, triggered a fiery reaction by youths loyal to him.The resultant clashes between the youths and the DRC armed forces in this formerly peaceful region has left over 400 people dead and 1,3 million displaced.An estimated 50 000 have sought refuge in neighbouring Angola. Dieng asked the authorities to initiate investigations to identify the
perpetrators of crimes in order to translate them into justice.
“Everything must be done to heal the wounds and to bring peace back so that reconciliation is sustainable in the Great Kasai.”He congratulated governors in the region on the measures taken for dialogue, stressing this must be continued because of the inter-ethnic dimension beginning to surface in the conflict.
“For this to happen, the constructive management of diversity must been couraged so that no one is excluded from access to resources, employment,health and education.”Last week, Un renewed sanctions against perpetrators of the deadly violence.
– CAJ News

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