Albuquerque Journal

37 refugees killed in Congo during protest


GOMA, Congo — At least 37 people were killed in eastern Congo on Friday when Burundian refugees who were protesting their forced return to their crisishit country were fired upon by Congolese forces.

A further 117 people were injured when soldiers in the border town of Kamanyola opened fire on protesters, the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Saturday in a statement.

Kamanyola is home to 2,000 of the nearly 44,000 people who have fled Burundi to neighborin­g Congo, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency.

More than 400,000 people have left Burundi since 2015, when violent protests erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a third term in office.

Those killed during the protest likely included asylum seekers, the U.N. agency said.

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