Atrocities in DRC Today

WST Reporter,Africa

Insecurity has persisted in the eastern part of the country, allowing armed groups to commit mass atrocities against the civilian population.

Many of the groups, including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and various May-Mayi militias, have been around for years, but used the security vacuum created by the March 23 (M23) rebellion in 2012 to begin staging these attacks.The mass atrocities include killings, abductions, and forced recruitment of civilians, particularly children. DRC’s wealth in natural resources, including gold, diamonds, tungsten, tin, and tantalum, has helped to stoke and support violence and child labor. More than 2.9 million have been displaced from their homes due to the violence and tens of thousands are without humanitarian assistance.