Eastern Province: UN Refugees Agency Laments Attacks On Displaced People In Congo

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR has decried the series of deadly attacks on displaced people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Spokesperson of the agency Boris Cheshirkov told reporter at UN Geneva that the agency was appalled by those deadly attacks.

Cheshirkov in the latest incident carried out by armed groups, cited local authorities in saying that 26 people were killed on Sunday at Ndjala site in the Drodro health zone in Ituri province.

He added that ten women and nine children were among the dead and 11 people were wounded and that attackers used guns, machetes and knives.

Since November 19, this is the fourth attack on IDPs in Ituri Province, host to 1.7 million displaced people.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Congo David McLachlan-Karr, expressed shock and saddened by these repeated attacks on civilians who are forced to leave their homes to seek safety from the violence.

The UN official reminded that the attacks were violations of international humanitarian law and the 2009 Kampala Convention on IDPs”. According to him, humanitarian aid is being deployed rapidly to assist them.