Displaced people facing atrocities in eastern DR Congo

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A UN peacekeeper keeps watch over Linakofo, a camp of 1359 internally-displaced people (IDPs)

Armed men are committing atrocities against displaced people in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

UNHCR says that there are nearly 79,000 people living in 31 camps for internally displaced persons in North Kivu.

Insecurity and ongoing fighting in their villages is preventing them from returning home.

The agency is appealing to the authorities to increase security at the camps where there are currently only 40 police officers deployed to secure six locations.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesman in Geneva.

"Displaced Congolese are constantly threatened by various groups and militias who accuse them of collaborating with one or another armed group. On 13 December last year, seven displaced people were beaten to death because they had refused to take part in forced labour imposed by the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR). UNHCR has also received reports of IDPs being lashed and other forms of torture."

Duration: 24"

The FDLR includes the remnants of the members of the former Hutu military and militia who fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo after committing genocide in Rwanda in 1994.

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