BANRDB members ensure safety at Roe camps
At least 21,000 Hema community people have taken shelter at Roe camps surrounding Bangladesh Rapidly Deployable Battalion (BANRDB), just for confident of live security by the Bangladesh peacekeepers. They have fled inter-communal violence in last eight months and set up internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp here.
Major Wahid, camp commander of BANRDB of Roe camps, told the Daily Observer at least 500 people have been killed in a northeastern province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in February to June.
After setting up of a camp in June no such killing incident happened here. This is an apparent resurgence of ethnic clashes between farming and herding communities, he said.
We also provide security to the farming people in this area, he said.
Armed militia groups fire three times to the Roe IDP camp and BANRDB rescued camp with heavy weapon.
Bahbmuka, sectery of Roe IDP camp, told the Daily Observer that we are so grateful to the Bangladeshi peacekeepers in this area. If they shift their camps Lendu community people will invade all of them.
BANRDB members gave us medical training that how to get first aid, he said. A series of attacks in Ituri province has mostly targeted Hema herders, who have long been in conflict with Lendu farmers over grazing rights.
Conflict between Hema and Lendu from 1999-2007 resulted in an estimated 50,000 deaths in one of the bloodiest chapters of a civil war in eastern Congo that left millions dead from conflict, hunger and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes, but a tenuous calm had taken hold until, secretary of Roe IDP said.
The assailants’ tactics were to “empty out the villages, burn them and pursue those who had fled to the surrounding areas with bladed weapons,” he said.
At least 70,000 people had fled their homes in Ituri’s Djugu Territory since 12 December, local source said.
“The camp is a real mess and still expanding as 200 to 300 new IDPs have arrived, secretary of Roe IDP said.
“There are many people suffering from Diarrhoea and the sanitation in the camp”, added the secretary of Roe IDP.
“We need clean water and relief. BANRDB is providing 100 percent security here,” he said.