04 February, 2009

DRC: "...It became a day of horror."

From Doctor's Without Borders:

Lack of Protection for Civilians Under Attack in Northeast Congo

As the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) continues to unleash violence against the people of Haut-Uélé in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the intensity of the targeted violence has prompted Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to issue a statement denouncing MONUC--the United Nations peacekeeping force in eastern DRC--for its inaction in protecting the population.

Tens of villages have been burned, hundreds of civilians have been stabbed or clubbed to death, and men, women, and children have been abducted.

Rare eyewitness accounts confirm the horror of the massacres. One survivor of the attack on Batandé near Doruma on Christmas Day described his sense of powerlessness against the butchering of his loved ones. "They quickly took them out to the grasslands and systematically executed them. No one was spared -- children, infants, pregnant women, the elderly, all killed. More than 60 people."

Read the full press release.

"That day should have been a holiday. It became a day of horror."
Read full testimony recorded at Doruma:

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