By Jean-Paul Ruhosha – Washington DC, USA – Monday, June 1, 2020.
At least seven were injured, Thursday, May 28, 2020, when a group of Mai-Mai fighters attacked the Mikenke Refugee Camp in the Itombwe Sector, South Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The ethnic Banyamulenge Tutsis who live in this village woke up to gunfire at about 6 am, sources have told National Telegraph. Over 100 cows and other properties were looted and many fled from the attack to nearby villages.
The Mai-Mai fighters contravene all forms of Human Rights by attacking the camp which is guarded by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic
MONUSCO Peacekeepers rescued some victims. The peacekeepers retaliated with fire, killing two Mai-Mai militia on the spot and injuring 8. The Mai-Mai fled and abandoned their loot including cows, and other locals’ belongings, said sources.
The term Mayi-Mayi or Mai-Mai refers to any kind of community-based militia group active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that is formed to defend local territory against other armed groups.
Many have accused President Félix Tshisekedi’s administration of colluding with Mai-Mai militiamen, saying that government forces remain passive while the militia perpetrates their attacks.
Last week, DRC government soldiers attacked Banyamulenge civilians in Minembwe and wounded 10 of them. The latest spate of violence implicating the DRC government forces is yet another indication that they are contributing to insecurity instead of peace, locals say.
The refugees say they are grateful to MONUSCO for its timely intervention and request them to keep an eye on what they describe as “evil collusion between Mai-Mai rebels and FARC,” a victim who prefers not to be named told National Telegraph.