DRC: Protesters target UN facilities over rebel attacks

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Protesters in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) targeted UN facilities on Tuesday as anger mounts over rebel attacks against civilians.

At least two people were killed during protests in the town of Beni in North Kivu province. The United Nations chief of military forces in Beni, Omar Aboud, said no live ammunition was fired by UN forces while dealing with protesters in the town while details over the deaths are yet to be confirmed.

Protesters target UN facilities in DRC

Protesters are demonstrating against the UN’s failure to protect civilians against attacks carried out by rebels. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in attacks allegedly carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) that regular targets civilians in retaliation to military campaigns against its own forces.

Anger is growing in North Kivu over a lack of protection for civilians and the slow response of UN forces when attacks are carried out. Protesters argue the UN is supposed to keep civilians safe and accuse its forces of failing to protect them.

The UN was forced to evacuate workers as a result of the latest protests targeting its facilities. In response to the deadly protest, the UN insisted it is working to prevent attacks against civilians in eastern DRC.

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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.