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Covid-19 ‘must not distract’ from DR Congo atrocities, says Nobel laureate

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Nobel peace laureate Denis Mukwege on Tuesday urged DR Congo to act to end massacres in the country's perennially volatile east and not be derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist hailed for his work with rape victims, was a joint winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict".

He is now coordinating the fight against the new coronavirus in DR Congo's eastern regions.

"The Covid-19 crisis must not make us forget the atrocities which are taking place in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo," he said in a statement.

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"Civilians are being massacred" in the regions of Ituri and North Kivu, he said. Nearly 300 civilians have been killed in violence in Ituri this year alone.

Tensions have been rising in Ituri since last December with the launch of a government-led military operation against various armed groups in the region

And more than 400 civilians have been butchered since November in North Kivu by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia.

The mainly Muslim movement originated in neighbouring Uganda, opposed to the rule of President Yoweri Museveni, but in 1995 moved into the Democratic Republic of Congo, which became its base of operations.

"In South Kivu, Rwandan and Burundian armies are battlRead More – Source