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Congolese Security Forces Kill at Least 18 Burundian Refugees

17 September 2017, 09:46 | Melvin Schneider

Refugees From Burundi Killed in Congo, Activists Say

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a third term at a ceremony in the parliament in Bujumbura Burundi. Crimes against humanity are being committed in Burundi according to a United Nati

At least 37 people were killed in eastern Congo on Friday when Burundian refugees who were protesting their forced return to their crisis-hit country were fired upon by Congolese forces.

Eyewitness Alfred Rukungo said the soldiers continued shooting into the crowd even after some refugees were wounded.

The clashes broke out when refugees were opposed to repatriation to Burundi, Kasereka said.

The refugees were protesting against the decision of DRC officials to extradite two other refugees arrested recently for allegedly making weapons.

"Congolese defence and security forces then allegedly responded with indiscriminate firing on the protesters".

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"The UN Refugee Agency is shocked and saddened over the violent death of numerous Burundian nationals - among them likely refugees and asylum-seekers", said UNCHR in a statement.

A spokeswoman for MONUSCO, the UN's peacekeeping mission in the country, gave a toll, which was also provisional, of 18 dead and 50 injured.

More than 400,000 refugees from Burundi have fled to neighboring Congo since 2015, to escape an outbreak of political violence that was sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's successful but disputed bid to win a third term in office.

Most of the refugees involved in yesterday's incident are followers of a female prophet called Zebiya, who has attested to seeing visions of the Virgin Mary in northern Burundi, according to testimony to AFP from some of them.

Congo is home to thousands of Burundian refugees.



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