At least 50 people were killed on Sunday night in Boga and Tchabi, two villages in the north-eastern province of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to official sources.
The violence is still going on in the province of Ituri, despite the declaration of a state of emergency by the Congolese President, Felix Tshisekedi. On Sunday night, at least 50 people died in a previously unclaimed attack. « It was around 1am on Monday. Armed men, who remain unknown until now, besieged the camp of displaced people in Rubingo. Here, they also set fire to seven vehicles and several shops in the centre of Boga, » the administrative secretary of the Bahema-Boga chiefdom told the local media. According to the same source, the assailants killed 20 people and abducted 10 others in the neighbouring chiefdom of Banyali-Tchabi.
For its part, the Kivu security barometer, a project run by the Congo Study Group (CSG) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), notes that « the toll of last night’s attacks has risen to at least 50 civilians killed, a toll that is still provisional », it warns, in a report a copy of which has reached us.
Since 2018, the province of Ituri has been facing violence by armed groups including CODECO and the ADF. Last February, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported that in 2020, « more than 2,000 civilians » were killed « in the eastern provinces of the DRC, including 1,240 in Ituri ».
Faced with the persistence of violence, in April the Congolese President declared a state of siege in the province in order to combat these evils that are holding back the momentum of development in the region, announcing that a « response will be ruthless ». More than a month after this decision was taken, bruised citizens are impatiently waiting for an end to the violence.