Violence has once again escalated in the cities of Goma, Beni and Butembo in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). A group of young people destroyed houses and shops and torched car tires to show their anger with the United Nations’ (UN) blue helmets, who are part of the ongoing MONUSCO peacekeeping mission, alongside the Congolese army and the police. The combined security forces appear to have proved incapable of protecting the population from marauding gangs and militias in the region. In the past few weeks, rebel attacks have risen sharply. According to the UN, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), affiliated with the so-called Islamic State, have killed more than 200 people since the beginning of the year and forced another 40,000 to flee their homes. Now the patience of many young people is wearing thin. They have taken to shouting slogans directed at security forces, such as: “You have failed miserably,” “you do not protect the civilian population,” and even: “Y ou are accomplices of the enemy.” “The MONUSCO blue helmets do practically nothing,” Clovis Mutshuva from the Movement for Change told DW in Beni. “They have to get out of our country as quickly as possible.” Attacks by the… Read full this story
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