Around 220 civilians were massacred in a series of attacks between Friday and Saturday in a village in South Kivu province in the Democratic East Congo (DRC). MPs from the African country denounced on Monday. .
“Local sources have recently reported that more than 220 people have been massacred, women raped, many houses burned down and cattle looted in Kipupu on Mwenga territory,” said 30 provincial MPs in a joint letter.
The sector head had previously reported a balance of 50 deaths, while civil society sources had spoken of 202 deaths from the attacks alleged by the Ngumino, Twirwaneho and RED Tabara militias.
MPs have “vehemently condemned” the attacks, which they have described as “macabre and worrying,” while calling on the country’s president, Félix Tshisekedi, to step up efforts to strengthen peace in the region, as directed by the US Government reports Actualité Congolese news portal.
Several armed groups control parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, although the war ended officially in 1998-2003. The conflict caused millions of deaths, most of them victims of hunger and disease.