The US on Tuesday i.e. 25th of November 2014, issued a statement urging the government of Congo to initiate steps for the eradication of armed rebels and insurgents in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the number of civilian casualties increased to more than 200 in less than two months.

In the statement, State Department spokesman Jeffrey Rathke expressed a deep concern regarding the increase in attacks near to the town of Beni in North Kivu Province, allegedly by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan insurgent group founded in the 1990s.

He further added the importance of urgent action and immediate response of DRC military and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC. “It is imperative to protect the civilian lives and immediate eradication of the rebels in the Eastern Congo”, he said.

“Almost 200 people have lost their lives in the rebel attack, including the women and children. Reports of beheading, killings and rape tend to arrive from the cities of North Kivu province,” he said.

He urged the government of Congo to take immediate steps in stopping these atrocities against the people, disrupting their lives and focused on punishable actions against the one who are caught during the heinous crime against humanity.

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Anant MishraAnant Mishra is former youth representative United Nations. Almost 4 years, he has served in number of committees including United Nations Conference for Trade and Development and United Nations General Assembly primarily focusing on international trade, middle east crisis, education, finance, economics. He can be reached on [email protected]
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