UNICEF condemns killing of five children in Ituri, eastern DRC

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6 June 2020 – UNICEF denounces the attack that killed 16 people including five young girls under 15 on 3 June in Ituri, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this attack on innocent children. They should never pay the price for such despicable acts of violence. We call on all parties to respect the rights of women and children”, said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in DRC.

According to UN-verified reports, the attack took place in Moussa, a village in the Djugu area, north of the Ituri capital Bunia. The 16 people were returnees and were killed by gunfire and knives. As a result, dozens of people fled Moussa and took shelter in neighbouring villages.

More than 300 people have died as a result of the ongoing violence in Ituri Province since the beginning of the year. Between April and May alone, UNICEF has received more than 100 allegations of serious child rights violations, such as rape, killing and maiming, attacks on schools and health centres in Ituri.

Last month UNICEF warned that the security situation in Ituri is deteriorating fast and called on the international community and the Government of DRC to act quickly to avert a crisis that will forcibly uproot and endanger even more children.

Over 200,000 people, the majority of them children, have fled intensifying violence in Djugu, Mahagi and Irumu areas in Ituri Province since the beginning of the year. They sought shelter in host communities and extremely overcrowded displacement sites in and around Bunia, Ituri’s capital.

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