64 bodies have been recovered in the DRC province of North Kivu.
The death toll is expected to rise as searchers continue scanning the area.
The attacks occurred in the town of Beni near the DRC Uganda border. The gruesome scene was still developing when the 64 bodies hacked to death were discovered.
The massacre was blamed on the Allied Democratic Force(ADF), a nominally Muslim group that opposes the current president of Uganda.
The ADF suffered losses in Uganda and now shelters in the border forests of the DCR. The fight between the governing body in Uganda and the ADF has been continuing for 20 years and has resulted in at least 600 civilian deaths.
The number of women and girls raped has not been confirmed.
It is commonly used as a weapon of war in these vicious wars. Abductions of children commonly occur.The ADF has been condemned for its violations of basic human rights.
The area around Beni is rich in natural resources.
The ADF has been financing of their guerilla actions through the sale of wood and gold. It has also been alleged that Sudan has helped to finance the terrorist group as it furthers their interests in a proxy war with Uganda.
The DRC is undergoing political unrest at this time as well as the current president is seeking to change the constitution to allow him to be re-elected for a third term.
The Congolese president has called on the top commander of the UN peacekeepers to be deported. He has declared Scott Campbell a “persona non grata” because of his criticism of local police.
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