An­other 17 mass graves found in cen­tral Congo, UN says

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The United Na­tions says in­ves­ti­ga­tors have con­firmed an­other 17 mass graves in cen­tral Congo, bring­ing the num­ber to 40 dis­cov­ered since clashes between sol­diers and a lo­cal mili­tia in­ten­si­fied in Au­gust. The U.N. on Wed­nes­day said Con­golese sol­diers re­port­edly dug the graves af­ter fight­ing with sus­pected mili­tia mem­bers in late March and killing at least 74 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 30 chil­dren. The U.N. says Con­golese sol­diers also re­port­edly killed at least 40 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 11 chil­dren, in the cap­i­tal of Cen­tral Ka­sai province late last month while go­ing doorto-door look­ing for mili­tia mem­bers. U.N. hu­man rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says that if Congo’s govern­ment doesn’t in­ves­ti­gate the re­cent vi­o­lence ef­fec­tively, he’ll urge that the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court or an­other out­side en­tity in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute the killings and re­ported rapes.

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