Two people were killed Sunday in inter-ethnic violence in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to concordant sources.
On Sunday, “two people died, a soldier and a woman succumbed in the community violence” between Hema and Lendu, two tribes of Ituri, told AFP Pacific Keta, vice governor of that province.
According to Keta, who held a meeting with officials from both communities, “land disputes are at the root” of this dispute.
The killed soldier was attacked in his house by Lendu youths who suspected him of colluding with the Hema
“The killed soldier was attacked in his house by young Lendu who suspected him of colluding with the Hema,” said Captain Carlos Kalombo, spokesman for the army in Ituri.
“The village Chunga, was attacked Sunday by young Lendu. They slaughtered one person and seriously injured two others, ” Pilo Mulindro, a prominent member of the Hema community told AFP .
“Several boxes were also burned,” he added, indicating that the tension was noticeable Monday. “Yes, there were men killed and houses burned. On our side, there was no death but we recorded more than 80 houses burned, “said AFP Claude Mateso, head of the Lendu community.
“We held a popular rally that brought together more than 3,000 people (…), we invited the people to calm” and a “peaceful coexistence,” he said.
Chunga village is located more than 135 km north of Bunia, the capital of Ituri where clashes between Lendu and Hema between 2002 and 2003 had killed 60,000, according to NGOs .
At that time, the Hema and Lendu communities each had an armed wing or militia in Ituri. The fighting between the two groups was mainly for the control of this region with many gold mines.
Warlords involved in these conflicts are tried and / or convicted by the International Criminal Court.
For more than 20 years, eastern DRC has been stuck in wars whose nerve is the control of mineral resources.