Thursday, 13 July 2017
UN identifies 38 new probable mass graves in DRC
Another 38 probable mass graves have been discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the country's troubled central region of Kasai, the United Nations said on Wednesday. At least 80 mass graves have now been identified in the region that has seen a major spike in violence between security forces and a tribal militia since September.
The international community has voiced alarm over the violence, which has claimed the lives of more than 3 000 people, according to statistics compiled by the Roman Catholic church. The UN's Monusco peacekeeping mission had previously spoken of "more than 400 dead" while about 1.3 million people are estimated to have fled their homes in the Kasai provinces. The investigative mission this month found the latest mass graves in the Diboko and Sumbula areas of the Kamonia territory, the UN said.