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|December 9, 2009|
9 December 2009
Kigali. Non-governmental Organisations and journalists operating in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have revealed that the security situation in South Kivu province is worsening after the FDLR rebels attacked villages where they looted and raped women.
According to Radio Okapi, the villages of Magunga and Mugaja in the territory of Uvira, South Kivu were attacked by FDLR rebels recently. In a separate incident, the rebels are reported to have recently attacked, ransacked as well as set fire to a civilian hospital in the locality of Shabunda, in South Kivu, in addition to abducting several hospital staff.
Hundreds of civilians have fled the areas.
The FDLR, with help from Mai-Mai militias of the Kapopo group, stole cows, goats and sheep as well as money, reports say. Four women were raped.
Recent revelations by a UN group of experts indicate that the FDLR, remnants of perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, have a world-wide network. The UN experts base their findings on evidence gathered after tracking down 240 calls between German-based FDLR leader Ignace Murwanashyaka and his military commanders in DRC.
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