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.