UN alarmed over killings in Masisi territory in DR Congo

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Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the DRC build makeshift shelters (2008 file photo) UN Photo/Marie Frechon

Scores of displaced people are reported to have been killed by rebel groups in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the beginning of August.

According to the United Nations Mission in the country, MONUSCO, more than 45 attacks on some 35 villages and towns have been reported in the Masisi territory of North Kivu province.

MONUSCO says the security situation in the eastern part of the DR Congo has been affected by the existence of an armed group known as the M23 formed by soldiers who have defected from the national army.

The head of the UN Joint human rights office in DR Congo, Scott Campbell, says the Congolese army and to a great extent the MONUSCO military have had to refocus their attention to contain the M23.

"This has left a security vacuum in many parts of eastern Congo, and what we are seeing in most of these provinces and remote areas are armed groups taking advantage of the security vacuum to expand their territory seeking access to mines, to other economic resources, and in doing so they are carrying out grave human rights violations attacking civilians."

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