World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Congo - Vicious Attacks On Civilians

Vicious Attacks On Civilians Force Thousands To Flee In Eastern Dr Of Congo –

UN New York, Jun 7 2005

Rampaging militiamen have staged a series of vicious attacks on scores of civilians in the past week, forcing more than 1,000 people to flee remote villages in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations said today.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in the village of Sonsa, a particularly virulent rampage by Mayi-Mayi elements active in the area prompted the flight of some 100 individuals to the town of Manono. During the attack, fifteen females – including 8 girls – were raped and forced to flee naked, able to move only at night due to their lack of clothing.

Wholesale looting took place and eleven of the village's 30 houses were burned to the ground and, OCHA said in a press release. The terrified displaced people arrived in Manono, Katanga, on 31 May.

OCHA say that more than 1,600 individuals fled their homes in the villages of Kyungu and Nkumbu to seek shelter in Mpiana, another town in the Manono region, for fear of attack by Mayi-Mayi active in the area. Although the group managed to bring some basic household goods with them, they no longer have any food.

Four villages may have been burnt after the internally displaced people (IDPs) left the area, OCHA said.

In the South Kivu town, Nindja, militia members killed 19 civilians on 23 May and prompted an estimated 6,000 people to flee to Ihembe, near Walungu. Among the seriously wounded, some had had their limbs hacked off by machetes.

Another group of villagers, estimated at up to 50, were carried off by armed men in an area where kidnapping of civilians for ransom happens often, OCHA said.

IDPs in six overcrowded camps in Ituri's Djugu and Irumu areas for the sixth month seemed unlikely to be able to return home in the near future, it said.

Should the security situation deteriorate further, the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to these camps could become problematic. A suspension in aid could leave more than 100,000 individuals, mostly women and children, without water, health care and food, the agency said.

The most recent wave of displacements of civilians in Ituri began late in December 2004, due to fighting in the Nyamamba area, it said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news