Civil society groups on Monday and Tuesday organized protests in Beni territory, North Kivu province in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to push the central government to act on the killings by the Ugandan ADF rebels.
On Friday last week, seven people were killed in Beni by men suspected to be members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.
The massacre occurred just three days after the killing of two UN peacekeeping soldiers in an ambush that was attributed to ADF, a statement from the UN mission in Congo said.
“The protests will continue until the government finds solutions to the problem of repeated massacres of civilians in Beni territory,” the organizers said in a statement.
Kizito Bin Hangi, the head of communication for the Beni branch of the African Association for the Defense of Human Rights, said over 400 people had so far been massacred in Beni territory by ADF rebels.
North Kivu governor Julien Paluku on Monday urged the central government to concentrate more efforts on addressing security issues in North Kivu. Enditem