DR Congo gives deadline for evacuation of south Sudanese fighters

DR Congo gives deadline for evacuation of south Sudanese fighters

The UN peacekeeping mission in the democratic republic of Congo has been given a week to fly hundreds of south Sudanese fighters out of the country.

The men are loyal to South Sudan’s sacked Vice-President Riek Machar and crossed into the country with him in august, following intense violence in the south Sudan’s capital, Juba.

The 750 men have been disarmed and cared for by the UN mission, but Congolese officials say they are now a security risk.

The demand from DR Congo’s government that the men be removed comes after a protest in Goma last Friday.

Residents say they fear a repeat of the fallout of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda when perpetrators of the mass killings set up base in eastern DR Congo.

Fighting between rival forces in juba in July left hundreds of people dead less than a year after a peace deal was signed in south Sudan.

 

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