ADF Militia kill 25 in fresh Eastern DR Congo Massacre

ADF Militia kill 25 in fresh Eastern DR Congo Massacre
Charles Nwoke, North Kivu Province, DR Congo
April 2, 2021 

Above image credit: “Photo of the Day, 11 December 2013” by MONUSCO is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Congo’s crises of human rights continue into the present. 

Gunmen believed to be Allied Democratic Forces, ADF militia fighters have attacked and slain 25 persons in a fresh onslaught in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to the Executive Governor, North Kivu Province, Carly Nzanzu Kasivita who spoke to newsmen on Wednesday, assailants invaded the Beu Manyama-Moliso community in the restive Beni region on Tuesday night.

However, the army intervened, killing two assailants during the pogrom, he said.

The President of the association of grassroots groups in Beni, Noella Katongerwaki Muliwavyo, told AFP that Beni people are mourning due to the attack and killing of over 20 persons by Allied Democratic Forces, ADF.

He said, “We are in mourning, the ADF carried out a raid and killed more than 20 people.”

A local farmer from the neighboring village, January Maneno, said, “When I heard cries and tears, I fled into the bush, I continued the path at night to Mamove.

“All the other farmers who stayed there are dead,” he added through a phone conversation with AFP.

Beu Manyama-Moliso is a small village situated in the hinterland forest of the Beni region, near the fringe with Ituri province.

Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a historical Ugandan Islamist terrorist group, is the bloodiest of every armed militia terrorizing Eastern DRC, many of them are legacy of two regional wars in the 1990s.

The United States had earlier last month said that the ADF is linked to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization.

Kivu Security Tracker, an NGO that monitors insecurity in the DRC’s waring Eastern region, said that the group alone has killed more than 1,200 civilians in the Beni area since 2017.

The United Nations had in March said, a surge of ADF attacks since the beginning of this year had claimed nearly 200 lives and forced 40,000 people to abandon their homes.

At least 17 were killed in separate attacks on March 23 this year.

Meanwhile, DR Congo’s military authority, said it had reached out to the military forces of neighboring countries to assist her to ‘neutralize’ armed groups in the troubled eastern region of the country.

“have undertaken contacts with all the armies in neighboring countries for drawing up appropriate strategies for permanently resolving the thorny question of insecurity in the Great Lakes region,” the military authority, said on Tuesday.

In a statement signed by army spokesperson, General Leon-Richard Kasonga, said the DRC was in favor of “strengthening military cooperation, regular consultation between armies in the region… (and) pooling efforts and intelligence.”

In the same vein, relations between the DRC and its neighbors, especially Rwanda, have been stormy.

The DRC has accused Rwanda of seeking to destabilize it, while Rwanda has charged the DRC with being a rear base for armed opposition groups, including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda.