Congolese Ex-Warlords on Peace Mission in Volatile Ituri Province

9/24/2020

Former rebels who once commanded armed political groups in the blood-stained Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and were recently released from prison in January are part of an army-escorted peace envoy to the same region sent by President Felix Tshisekedi.

They are to negotiate with the Cooperation for the Development of Congo, a political-military sect blamed for the massacre of hundreds of civilians in the province. Most of the victims were herders and traders, and according to a United Nations report, possible crimes against humanity were committed. Since December 2017, over 1,000 people have lost their lives. Additionally, about half a million people have fled their homes, according to the International Crisis Group.

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