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DRC Attack Claims 19 Lives as U.N. Warns of Mounting Humanitarian Disaster

HeadlineMar 13, 2023

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 19 people were killed Sunday by suspected rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces in the eastern village of Kirindera in North Kivu province. This comes just days after a twin raid in the same region killed at least 36 people. This is a survivor of that attack.

Jerry Paluku Mafuta Mingi: “The situation here is catastrophic because of the attack and the damage. Many people died after their throats were cut. Their houses were burned down. And here in the hospital, here where we are standing, even the medicines and all the hospital material was burned.”

The U.N. is warning of a mounting humanitarian disaster in the DRC as some 300,000 people fled violence in North Kivu province last month. This is a UNHCR spokesperson.

Matthew Saltmarsh: ”UNHCR teams reported the most horrifying testimonies of human rights violations in affected areas, especially in Rutshuru and Masisi territories, including arbitrary killings, kidnappings, extortion and rapes.”

Calls have been mounting for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to stop supporting M23 rebels, whose attacks have led to the displacement of over half a million people, though Rwanda has denied any involvement.

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