November 3, 2014 OPINION/NEWS




Sylvain Muyali

The population of the frustrated city of Beni in the Congolese province of North Kivu has surpassed the threshold of tolerance.  Following further raids in the area that resulted in a number of deaths, presumed to have been undertaken by Ugandan ADF/NALU rebels, a crowd of locals stoned to death, burned and cannibalised a man in retaliation.

The man, it had been reported, caught the attention of fellow bus passengers due to him carrying a machete, the main weapon used by rebels in earlier killings, and his lack of the native language Swahili. “A sign of anger and vengeance scattered… the crowd has no soul.”

The ‘revenge killing’ occurred in a city that has been infiltrated by the ADF/NALU for some time. The crowd took matters into their own hands following the latest rebel attack on October 30th 2014 where fourteen people were killed in the Eringeti region, with several others kidnapped, taking the death toll for that month to over one hundred.

President Joseph Kabila recently addressed the nation and people of Beni, requesting they continue to work with the Congolese army (FARDC), stating “There is a week (where) there was a demonstration against MONUSCO here, but it is important we know that the DRC is a member of the United Nations.”

“What you need to know, we asked MONUSCO to deploy (in areas) where there are problems, and we will push them to strengthen its presence in Beni, “Kabila added.

“The enemy that kills the population of Beni is the ADF.” “In our country, I had never heard of killings like those in Beni since the beginning of October. We can never agree to talk with people like that. They are criminals. Their place is in prison or we’ll definitely finish them, “stated the President of the DRC.

The Head of State also announced the continued disarmament of the ADF to end civil actions in Beni. “And I know they listen to me, everywhere they are and they prepare because we are determined to finish them off.”



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Sylvain Muyali

Sylvain Muyali is a Journalist, Photographer and Filmmaker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has reported previously for the Associated Press and his words and images can also be found at ‘Vivons Positivement


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