The United Nations has strongly condemned the increasing number of attacks on humanitarian groups and workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where five non-governmental organization staff members were killed Monday, Oct. 3.
The five were among the number of people killed in an attack in Malinda in the conflict-torn eastern region of DRC. The attack, which the United Nations said is the deadliest single assault on humanitarian workers in the country so far, happened on the same day of an assault against an NGO working in the nearby city of Uvira.
“We deplore with all our energy this aggression and all the other acts which hamper humanitarian work in DRC,” said Pierrette Vu Thi, the U.N. acting coordinator in DRC.
Vu Thi urged the DRC government to “immediately open an inquiry to find the perpetrators of this odious act so as to bring them to justice.”
The murder of the five aid workers and attack on the NGO are the latest in a growing number of offensives against humanitarian operations in DRC. The United Nations said there have been 25 such attacks, which range from extortion to hostage taking, in North Kivu and 15 in the South Kivu since August.
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