Nov 5, 2009, 1:53 PM
This latest move, according to reports, followed a raid last Thursday by the Allied Democratic Forces.
The ADF is based in mineral-rich eastern DR Congo, where numerous armed groups have caused havoc over the past two decades.
The huge number of refugees came in so quickly that the government and aid workers are still working out what to do, said the BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga in Bundibudgyo, on the Ugandan border with the DRC.
No food or adequate shelter has been distributed to the refugees. Many had to sleep out in the open in school compounds, or on the verandas of shops, she says.
The dismal human rights situation in Democratic Republic of Congo shows no signs of improvement. The civil war continues unabated and the human rights situation is continually deteriorating; the civil population has been the ultimate victim.
Something tangible must be done at all cost to free the innocent victims from the catastrophe they have been undergoing for so long.
Although it is said the UN has actively supported the operation as a way of stopping one of the most feared militias in a very bad neighbourhood, military operations have not succeeded in neutralising the rebels and have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis.
The whole world should make sure that a strong and effective democratic process is established in that country; a functioning administrative structure that can address the issue of human rights abuse and make the country a competent state, and indeed a productive country.
The people of Democratic Republic of Congo have suffered enough!
‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’