At least 55 people were killed, and many more injured, in Monday night assaults, which targeted IDP camps near the towns of Boga in Irumu Territory, Ituri Province, and Tchabi, North Kivu Province. .
The Secretary General @antonioguterres Strongly condemns yesterday’s attacks by alleged ADF members in the east #RDC. The attacks, which targeted IDP camps, resulted in the deaths of at least 55 civilians and many more injured.
– A spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) June 1, 2021
They were executed by alleged members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group.
A rapid reaction force of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as MONUSCO, was deployed in the area and peacekeepers also assisted the wounded, including with medical evacuations.
Ask for justice
The UN chief strongly condemned the attacks, according to a declaration released Tuesday by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.
“The Secretary General expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the wounded a speedy recovery,” he said.
“He asks the Congolese authorities to investigate these incidents and bring those responsible to justice”.
The Secretary General also stressed the UN’s continued support for the Congolese government and people in their efforts to achieve peace and stability in the east.
A “tragic situation”
The two villages that were attacked are located on the border between the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, in an area where ADF is known to be active, according to media reports. Congolese forces have been fighting the group for decades.
The top UN humanitarian official in the country, David McLachlan-Karr, who also condemned the attacks, noted that houses were set on fire and civilians were kidnapped.
He said this “Tragic situation” followed last Friday’s looting of a facility belonging to a humanitarian partner in the territory of Djugu, Ituri province, which caused the temporary suspension of their operations in the area.
“These attacks are unacceptable,” McLachlan-Karr said in a statement Tuesday.
“The parties to the conflict must protect civilian populations and these crimes must not go unpunished. The communities, already very vulnerable, must be able to live in peace wherever they are and return safely to their homes ”.