Civilians hacked to death by rebels in eastern DRC

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say rebel fighters have killed at least 23 civilians in the east of the country.

Local officials said on Monday that ADF rebels conducted an overnight raid in Beni region where they hacked civilians to death. The fighters then torched the homes of the victims in Apetina-Sana.

Rebels kill civilians in Beni region

Attacks against civilians by AFD rebels are on the rise in eastern DRC since a government initiated a military campaign against the rebel group earlier this year. However, locals accuse the armed forces of failing to protect civilians against the rebel group and respond to incidences quickly enough.

After a series of attacks, civilians have staged protests in Beni city with locals also accusing the United Nations peacekeeping force in the DRC of failing to protect them.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.