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North Kivu: Civil Society In Nyiragongo Is Concerned About The Fate Of 30 Youths Who Were Kidnapped By RDF-M23.

By: Robert Patrick Fati Gakwerere

The coordination of civil society in the territory of Nyiragongo (North Kivu) expressed concern, Monday, July 3, about the fate of thirty youths from Kibumba who were kidnapped by RDF-M23 in the Kibumba group last June, 2023.

The families of these youths kidnapped in their fields have had no news of them since their disappearance until today, said the president of the civil society of the territory of Nyiragongo, Mambo Kawaya:

“The situation is still confusing because these thirty youths haven’t been released by RDF-M23 soldiers. Sources that we have at the moment states that these youths are in Tchanzu undergoing military training, and others were taken to Rwanda for military training. These abductees are mostly villagers who had returned to their localities after fleeing the war between FARDC and RDF-M23″, attests Mambo Kawaya, an elder in the area and a civil society president in North Kivu.

“Most of them are people who had returned to their villages after nearly a year in internally displaced camp,” not Mambo Kawaya.

He said, ” we have alerted Congolese government, international human rights organizations and the European Union about this. We have tried to alert the authorities at all levels, we have different reports on human rights atrocities being committed in North Kivu by RDF-M23, and we have always alerted all government departments during extended security meetings which are held each month,”

The civil society in North Kivu appeals to competent national and international bodies to extert pressure against RDF-M23 to release these kidnapped youths who may now be under going military training within RDF-M23 ranks.

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