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The DRC rebel group has left a “trail of war crimes” as recent attacks have displaced 300,000 people

A recent surge in attacks by a Congolese rebel group is leaving a trail of war crimes in its wake, with an estimated 300,000 people now displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan-led Islamist militant group, has intensified attacks in North Kivu Province in recent weeks, causing widespread displacement of civilians. The United Nations has reported that the ADF has committed numerous atrocities, including killing, kidnapping and rape of civilians, with some reports of villagers being burned alive.

The displacement of civilians has been compounded by the ADF’s destruction of homes and other infrastructure, making it difficult for them to return. The UN has warned of a potential humanitarian crisis, and has called on the DRC government to take action to protect civilians and ensure their safe return.

The ADF’s actions have been widely condemned by the international community and the DRC government has vowed to take action to stop the group. However, the DRC’s security forces have been accused of human rights abuses themselves, including extrajudicial killings and arbitrary arrests.

The ADF’s actions in the DRC are a reminder of the devastating impact of armed conflict on civilian populations. The DRC government must work to ensure that civilians are protected and that those responsible for war crimes are held to account.