Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Kasai: More mass graves found in DR Congo

Kasai: More mass graves found in DR Congo

19/04/2017


DR Congo's army has been fighting a militia group in 
the central Kasai region


Seventeen more mass graves have been found in the Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region bringing the total found since last August up to 40, the UN says.
The region has been the "scene of clashes between soldiers and members of a local militia knosn as Kamuina Nsapu", the statement adds.
The government is fighting to put down a rebellion that began after a regional chief was killed.
Both sides have been accused of committing human rights violations.
UN investigators heard that at least 74 people, including 30 children, were killed in fighting at the end of last month.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the DR Congo government should take "meaningful steps, which to date have been lacking,  to ensure that there is a prompt, transparent, and independent investigation to establish the facts and circumstances of alleged human rights violations and abuses perpetrated by all parties, and other abuses of justice".

By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane
BBC  AFRICA