UN decries persistent violence in DR Congo, condemns use of child soldiers

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The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has decried the persistent violence in Kasais committed by the Kamuina Nsapu militia, while also condemning the use of excess force by the Congolese army.

MONUSCO in a statement also condemned the recruitment of child soldiers and the targeting of national institutions.

“MONUSCO is concerned about the persistent conflict in the Kasais which is marked by violent atrocities committed by the Kamuina Nsapu militia including their recruitment and use of child soldiers whilst targeting symbols and institutions of State authority as well as the disproportionate use of force by the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) in their response to the situation,” the mission said in the statement.

The mission reported that clashes between Kamuina Nsapu militia and Congolese Security Forces within the area of Tshimbulu (160 Kilometers South East of Kananga) have led to the deaths of between 30 to 50 people.

The crisis broke out six months ago, and MONUSCO moved in to support Congolese forces in addressing the situation.

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