22 die in attack on DR Congo displaced people's camp

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29 November

A new attack, probably carried out by CODECO militia, hit the Ivo displaced people’s camp

News24 reports that on 28 November a new attack on the Ivo displaced people's camp in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday claimed the lives of 22 civilians.  The Kivu Security Tracker (KST), a respected US-based monitor of violence in the region, cited the same death toll. According to Aljazeera, the same camp was attacked less than a week ago when 29 people were killed.

Red Cross coordinator Mambo Bapu Mance told that 20 people were buried immediately in two common graves, while another two who died of their wounds were buried later. He accused the armed group Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) of carrying out the attack. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles called for strong action against the perpetrators, stating that "[t]he EU condemns the new appalling attacks committed by the militia against civilian populations, particularly the internally displaced persons". He further adds that "[d]ecisiveness against the perpetrators and support and justice for the victims are necessary for a lasting peace in the region".

Gold-rich Ituri province has been plunged back into a cycle of violence since late 2017 with the rise of the CODECO militia, which has since split into rival factions and which forced thousands to flee their homes, according to Aljazeera. Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu have been under a state of siege since 6 May, an exceptional measure to combat armed groups including CODECO and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) with civilian authorities replaced by military and police officers.


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