[QODLink]
Africa

Children among group hacked to death in DRC

At least 21 found dead in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN says, with women and a baby among those killed.

Last updated: 16 Dec 2013 20:13
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The killings highlight the challenge facing Congo's army and UN forces [EPA]

At least 21 people, including women and a baby, were killed over the weekend in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN peacekeeping mission there has said.

Most of those killed appeared to have been hacked to death on Friday and Saturday in villages not far from Beni in Congo's North Kivu province, according to a statement on Monday by Martin Kobler, head of the peacekeeping mission, known as MONUSCO.

It was not clear who was responsible for the killings, but they highlighted the challenge facing Congo's army and UN forces pacifying Congo's east despite the defeat of M23 rebels, the most serious uprising in years.

"These atrocities will not go unpunished," Kobler said in a statement. Three girls appear to have been raped and then beheaded while one of the victims was just months old, the statement added.

The statement did not say who was believed to be responsible.

Congo-based Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels operate in the region alongside a plethora of other groups still plaguing civilians.

167

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A handful of agencies that provide tours to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea say business is growing.
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
join our mailing list