After a week of fierce fighting between Banyamulenge troops attacked by the Congolese forces and militias known as Mai Mai and Interahamwe, more than 400,000 innocent civilians Banyamulenge have deliberatly been targeted and are being killed once again in their villages under the command of the Congolese government.
Thousands of women have been raped, cows and other livestocks looted by these various factions (government, FDLR rebel movements and Mai-Mai militia) under the pretext of fighting a handful Banyamulenge soldiers who were already in the process of joining the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo after being sceptical of being integrated in the government army. In fact, a good number of them had just joined the government forces and are now being forced to fight their camarades. This is obviously another tactic by the Congolese government to fragilize Banyamulenge people, first by dividing their soldiers and killing them, and eventually finishing off the civilian population without any defense.
Our sources in the area (Mibunda, in Minembwe territory) confirmed high numbers of casualties on both sides.
Several reports and eyes witness confirm that the Congolese government is currently transferring large amount of ammunitions, troops, and other heavy military equipments into the Minembwe territory, an area where the Banyamulenge live.This new twist in the current Congolese politics has received almost no coverage in national and international medias, except for the BBC. This is very worrying, and potentially dangerous situation likely to increase the figures of civilians who are perishing unjustly in Mulenge.