Stoyan Zaimov – June 21, 2017
The Roman Catholic Church has reported that as many as 3,383 people have been slaughtered in the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo since October, with disturbing reports emerging of soldiers burning and mutilating toddlers, and stabbing pregnant women.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that Church officials cited their own sources on the bloodshed in the central Kasai region, stemming from the conflict between anti-government militia and the government’s army.
The United Nations and other human rights groups have said that both sides have been committing atrocities, with the Church noting that the army destroyed 10 villages in its attempts to put down the insurrection.
The anti-government militia, on the other hand, has killed hundreds of people, destroyed four villages and attacked church property.
Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that children and women have suffered greatly in the chaos.
“Refugees from multiple villages in the Kamonya territory indicated that the Bana Mura have in the past two months shot dead, hacked or burned to death and mutilated hundreds of villagers, as well as destroying entire villages,” Zeid said in a statement at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.