Source: Radio Okapi

Three mass graves were discovered in Nyakabila, a village about 35 km south of Bunia, Ituri District (Eastern Province). They contain thirty-one bodies killed by the militia of the Patriotic Force of Resistance in Ituri (FRPI). Buried in 2012 According to relatives of military justice sources, this new discovery will be included in the evidence against the militia leader Cobra Matata with his men. Matata was charged in January 2013 with crimes against humanity via rape, murder, and looting.

Of the 31 people buried in August 2012 at Nyakabila, there are four children and one woman. Testimonies collected on the spot by experts of the Military Justice, reported that all the victims were first locked in a house and then burned alive. Three mass graves were then dug and the bodies buried.

During the day, loyalist forces sometimes patrol the sector. At night, however,  FRPI militias still control the area.

Victims of the Nyakabila massacre will be added to 800 other people raped and killed by the FRPI and for which the Ituri garrison military prosecutor is charging Matata.

The leader of the armed group, Cobra Matata, has refused to go voluntarily to the Congolese army and MONUSCO for trial.

During an exchange with the notable Walendu Bindi Wednesday, September 24, the director of the UN Mission in Ituri, Mr. Hand Ladjouzi, stated that the Congolese Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) and MONUSCO are in the process of deploying in combat positions in order to neutralize the militia leader.


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