Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Attacks on Rwandaphones Increasing

Last week I suggested that the most worrisome long-term consequence of the current conflict in North Kivu would be the growth of anti-BanyaRwanda violence. Today, IrinNews reports that ethnic massacres of BanyaRwanda have killed more than 100 since mid-May: 
 More than 100 people have been killed and thousands displaced in ethnically motivated massacres in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since mid-May, according to government officials. 
Bigembe Turikonkinko, the sector chief of Katoyi in North Kivu's Masisi territory, has recorded the details of 120 people, primarily women and children, who were killed in 12 village massacres carried out between 17 and 22 May in Katoyi and its environs. 
The police commissioner in Katoyi, Capt Lofimbo Raheli, says the attacks were carried out by a coalition of two Mai-Mai groups: the Raia Mutomboki, until this year only operational in South Kivu, and the Mai-Mai Kifuafua. According to Raheli, this Mai-Mai alliance is believed to be operating as a collective of smaller groups targeting speakers of Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda. 
 Laura Seay tweets that she is working on a post about the recrudescence of anti-Rwandaphone prejudice in the Kivus.

Update: And Laura's piece is here.

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