On Wednesday June 8, armed men attacked a camp in Kashuga, in the province of North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where families had sought refuge after fleeing the conflict between armed groups and armed forces. (FARDC), leaving seven of the people dead. They are just the latest victims in a series of 16 brutal and targeted attacks on camps for the displaced in the provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri, which have claimed the lives of more than 185 men. , women and children in the last 12 months. 82 other people were injured.
A 28-year-old male resident who survived an attack on an IDP camp in February said: “They tore down the tents and beheaded my daughter. I do not have any more strenght; I can’t fight to find food for my children. To the world, I could only plead to help us start over, for ways to earn money, for clothes and care. I want peace to return so that I can work again.
We, the undersigned, unreservedly condemn attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, such as schools and hospitals. Violence against civilians, even in times of conflict, is prohibited by international humanitarian law. Attacks on schools and hospitals are a serious violation of children’s rights in conflict.
We call on all parties to end atrocities against civilians, attacks on civilian infrastructure and impunity for these actions.
We call on the Congolese authorities to restore peace and guarantee the safety of civilians in areas of displacement and return, and to conduct effective investigations and bring to justice those responsible for human rights violations.
We call on the DRC’s bilateral partners to support the regional monitoring mechanism and mediation efforts led by the African Union and others on the continent, to help end this brutal conflict.
- Action against Hunger
- Danish Refugee Council
- body of mercy
- Norwegian Refugee Council
- save the children
- International Solidarity
Notes to Editors:
- Kashuga is in Masisi territory, North Kivu.
- Across the DRC, more than 5.5 million people are currently displaced (IDMC); the country also hosts more than 500,000 refugees from Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and CAR.
- According to the Protection Cluster, there have been a total of 16 attacks on IDP camps since May 2021, killing 185 men, women and children and injuring 82 others.
- Of the 16 total attacks on IDPs, nine took place in Ituri; six were in North Kivu and one in South Kivu.
For information, contact:
- NRC Global Media Hotline: [email protected], +47 905 62329