A New Low

The Congolese army has been accused many times of brutality. Like so many African armies it is a mishmash of different rebel militias teased into a semblance of a national force, while retaining a certain relaxed approach to battlefield law. The deeply flawed United Nations peacekeeping mission managed to overlook their failings up until this week, when even it withdrew its support. (Things are really bad when a mission that has harboured sex abusers and paedophiles decides enough is enough.)

And now we have fresh allegations of abuses. This time the Congolese army has really outdone itself, using a vaccination programme as cover for an attack, according to a press release from MSF:

Last month, seven vaccination sites operated by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) came under fire during attacks by the Congolese army against the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thousands of civilians had gathered at the sites. MSF denounces this clearly unacceptable abuse of humanitarian aid for military purposes.


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