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Ireland DRC: 20 years later, the victims of the six-day war are still demanding justice

14:45  06 june  2020
14:45  06 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Twenty years ago, during the occupation of Congolese territories by rebellions supported by foreign countries, the Rwandan and Ugandan armies clashed in the city of Kisangani. Fighting which caused hundreds of deaths among the Congolese population and caused significant material and environmental damage. Victims continue to demand justice today. Friday, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of this war, they again demonstrated in Kisangani, on the site of the cemetery, and in Kinshasa.

Pierre Komba is one of the Six Day War survivors. A former teacher, he still carries the stigma of this violence: "In my body, I have 37 pieces of bus," he says. Father Zabalo, a Jesuit priest from the Christ the King parish in Mangobo, helped me extract at least 17 shards. The rest, 20 years later, I wear it today in my body.

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The Congolese victims of these events demand reparation. They refer to the recognition of the 1994 genocide obtained by the Rwandan population. “The Rwandans have committed their genocide. They hoisted it internationally. Why can't these same Rwandans who came here to kill us also be held accountable to the international community? "Protests Pierre Komba.

A procedure pending before the ICJ

The survivors of the Six Day War also addressed the Congolese government. They ask him to do everything possible to complete the procedure initiated at the level of the International Court of Justice. "We ask the President of the Republic, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, to get involved effectively so that there is reparation and so that justice is done", exhorts Aline Engbe, today spokesperson for the collective of the victims of this conflict .

Brought to the International Court of Justice, the case has been postponed several times at the request, each time, of Uganda, which prefers an amicable settlement with the DRC. Rwanda is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, the origin of the ICC.

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