In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the northeastern region of Ituri is facing waves of violence against civilians.
An estimated number of 340 000 people have been displaced so far.
Attacks focused mainly on rural areas and villages, and allegedly targeted more people of the « hema » ethnicity from « lendu » ones.
Authorities have arrested more than 80 people and killed an unknown number of fighters.
Some of the attackers in rural areas weren’t armed with rifles, but with machetes, bows and spears.
It is unclear for now which ethnic/tribal group started assaulting the others, but the region is filled with armed militiamen of previous conflicts and North Kivu region that is still seeing daily clashes.
The Ugandese army is present in North Kivu, officially to intervene against Islamic groups, but have been reported acting freely to defend other interests.
The main resource of Ituri is Gold, but the official number of 30kg exported is ridiculous as several tons of it are smuggled into Uganda that apply far lower taxes on gold.
This gold end up often traded worldwide in Dubaï.
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