At least 38 civilians, including women and children, were killed at the Blakete-Plitu mining site. Other civilians were displaced and missing when the attackers set fire to the nearby village of Malika, where they also allegedly raped six women, the secretary-general’s spokesman said in a press statement.
On 9 May, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) conducted a medical evacuation operation of seriously injured civilians to medical facilities in Bunia, Ituri province .
Condolences to the families of the victims
“The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He calls on the Congolese authorities to investigate these incidents and bring those responsible to justice. The Secretary-General also urges the authorities to provide MONUSCO with immediate, free and unimpeded access to the areas of attack in order to facilitate efforts to protect civilians,” his spokesperson said.
“The Secretary-General further calls on all armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to cease their ruthless attacks on civilians, to participate unconditionally in the political process, including regional initiatives, and to lay down their arms under the Program disarmament, demobilization, community recovery and stabilization,” he added.
The UN chief reaffirms that the United Nations, through its Special Representative in the DRC, will continue to support the Congolese government and people in their efforts to achieve peace and stability.