Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Over 70,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s have fled from conflict in the eastern province of Ituri since January, the United Nations reported this week, a small part of the estimated 4.5 million Congolese displaced across the country.

Lendu aggressors started a wave of attacks against the Hema community in December 2017 without their specific motive known, reported Al Jazeera.

Tensions between the two tribes have existed for the many years since Belgium held the colonial power over Congo, with the Lendu tribe suffering due to a “disproportionate access to education and wealth” that resulted in a socioeconomic gap remaining in place to current day, Alex Mcbride Wilson wrote.

The 70,000 displaced make up the number of those that fled to nearby Uganda, but thousands more have fled to other parts of the Congo as well.

More details to follow. Image of a U.N. peacekeeper and Hema villagers standing amid the wreckage of a village within the Djugu area of Ituri province. Alex Mcbride Wilson/Al Jazeera. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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