DRC: 3 days of national mourning after a massacre that left “at least 100 dead”

A three-day national mourning began on Saturday (December 3rd) in the Democratic Republic of Congo following the alleged massacre of civilians in the east of the country. The government accused the M23 rebels of carrying out the massacre.

The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, decreed, on December 2, 2022, 3 days of national mourning, in memory of the compatriots massacred by the M23 in Kishishe in the province of North Kivu. An alleged massacre of civilians for which the government now evokes a death toll of “more than a hundred”.

“In memory of them (the victims), the President of the Republic has ordered the government to decree 3 days of national mourning starting this Saturday, December 3, 2022. The flag will be lowered throughout the national territory during this period. . »said government spokesman Patrick Muyaya on Saturday, reporting on the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Friday and chaired by Felix Tshisekedi.

The images of Kisheshe are very terrible. Women, men and children were killed with machetes. The massacre targeted on November 29 the inhabitants of Kishishe locality in the territory of Rutshuru (East) occupied mainly by the rebels of the March 23 movement (M23).

The President asked the Minister of Justice, Rose Mutombo, “To open an internal investigation without delay”and at the same time to work in favor of a “International investigation to shed light on these war crimes committed by M23 terrorists and elements of the Rwandan military”added the government gatekeeper.

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