Source: Radio Okapi

The last three days have seen thousands of displaced individuals flee their homes due to the fighting between the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) and the Mai-Mai in Katanga Bakata Moseka chiefdom in Malemba Nkulu (Katanga). Local sources claim that the stream of refugees flocking to the towns of Kibambo, Kyolo, Nkisha and Lumbule, started on Saturday, July 19. Other displaced persons are said to have taken refuge in the bush.

Local sources indicate that the Mai-Mai came to Kundelungu park. During their incursion into the area, they began to plunder the property of the population in the villages before burning houses.

Some IDPs arrived last weekend in Mulongo, where they were received by host families.

For his part, the administrator Malemba Nkulu said he was not aware of this new situation in the Moseka chiefdom .

In April, the Katanga province hosted over five hundred thousand IDPs. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed these numbers in its newsletter.

According to OCHA, the most recent population movements were caused by several armed attacks by Mai Mai militia and the military operations against the armed forces in the Katanga region.

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