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hello i'm kristie want to welcome to news africa it's good to have your company attacks by armed groups in the democratic republic of congo have been on the rise in recent months last november and december alone more than 260 civilians mainly women and children were killed in brutal attacks this has turned people against u.n. peacekeeping troops in the country the troops which number about 16000 odd deployed to the d.r. see for a peacekeeping mission known as one new school it is the biggest and most expensive un peacekeeping mission but despite that militants have succeeded in carrying out a message has its force the u.n. to conduct an assessment off its response to the recent increase in violence not only more of that in a moment with my guest but 1st the violence in the country is mostly concentrated in the east with the city of beni and surrounding areas being a hotbed of millicent violence. u.n.
peacekeepers on patrol in beni but for how long it was but agrees that. after a spike in deadly violence in recent months many local see the u.n. is not keeping them safe patience is wearing thin. only in a crisis of confidence the un's been here 20 years we don't know what they're doing though disillusionment runs deep and in a nearby village the coffins explain why i witnesses see the stude little chance when rebels from the notorious e.d.f. militia attacked survivors testify to the barbarism. along for a moment of what it will be like for the we found the decapitated bodies. the heads were separated from the bodies. said that made us angry to the point where today we are ready to take charge ourselves to fight to liberate our lands he
didn't know that there. were many that i could only identify my aunt through her clothes my she really was beheaded and. her face was unrecognizable only certain. days later and the hospital here is filled with the aftermath of yet another attack the victims of all ages. carrying a life changing injuries. locals tarn their anger towards school protesting and even setting fire to a town hall. we understand the frustration of the population when civilians are killed. we're trying to do our best to give. it is not play we're just sitting around in.
while the un runs patrols the congolese army has stepped up its fight against the rebels seizing a key stronghold in the forests around the border. there was a backlash in beni just last week militants killed 6 people including a child and peacekeepers again facing calls to step up. is the spokesperson for the un peacekeeping mission in that he joins us now from the capital kinshasa welcome to news africa mathias why has it been difficult save prevent attacks on civilians in the democratic republic of congo. well we have a very volatile situation there the worst one probably being the one that we experienced in november and december in beni where the congolese army was advancing in some armed group called the a.t.f.
and every time since you saw in 14 that the government has made progress towards finding a group they have taken retaliatory attacks against civilians meaning that they go at night with materials and kill random civilians in remote areas so what is the we are we are also in a country where infrastructure is very limited. and sometimes you know we can see of attacks happened 2 kilometers away from from a base but 2 kilometers when you're in the middle of the jungle is actually you know a big distance to cover and so we are facing logistical challenges and we do believe that beyond military operations we need a comprehensive approach right able to. do address of the challenges that we're facing following add this violence said that you are if referring to at last november and december i think it was. the u.n.
conducts an independent assessment of what concrete steps are going to be taken following that. well the independent assessment you know who didn't exactly what i was saying earlier is that protecting civilians requires a comprehensive response that means that all components of the mission of course need to be involved but also un agencies external partners and what we need of the center of everything is to strengthen cooperation between when it's going to congolese army at the beginning of this operation the congolese army was always going unilaterally against the a.d.f. and only requested our support in terms of medical evacuation in november following a meeting of the a national security council with the u.n. head of the head of the u.n. mission here in the and presidential extra security of the to receive their strength in comprehension and their joint plan she cation joint patrols decided
and since then since the congolese army has been supported through you know the multi faceted supported by the new school we. are the attacks against civilians have think really been very drastically reduced we do believe that our intercourse duration brigades the one that is operating in any territory needed to improve the mindset improve its capabilities and improve its. that's that's. yes i want i want to ask you this size interruption but i want to ask you this i mean it's been almost 2 decades off off off the u.s. presence in the democratic republic of congo a lot of what these talks about in this conversation has happened in recent days but the reality is is that there's been a presence of the u.n. in this country for more than 2 decades and so one can understand the frustration on the part of people in congo has this u.n. mission failed has the u.s. intervention in the democratic republic of congo failed. well you know we do
understand the frustration of the civilian population we do understand the silly though the frustration even along countries that are paying for the u.n. mission but we do want to emphasize that when the u.n. going 20 years ago and this is not to exonerate ourselves from from our responsibilities but when the u.n. came the country was under verge of explosion there were. several national armies fighting on the ground and there were big armed groups groups that have now. exploded in very small armed groups that don't have any political agenda anymore and there are more you know trafficking and and. and common criminals i would say and to address this threat we obviously need military operations to do you know towards the main groups but we also need the restoration of sleet with already everywhere we need police we need justice and we need the state of the dearest to
be able to establish its authority all over the territory we are making progress we understand the frustration that we are we continuing and we do want to finish the job. in kinshasa thank you. demonstrators have taken to the streets of lagos nigeria to protest against the massive actions off communities on the city's waterfront protesters marched to the state house of assembly to deliver petitions to their elected representatives tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes of recent weeks with most being given no head of housing the government say as they took the step because criminal gangs were tapping into oil pipelines at the site causing damage to the economy. but critics say the government wants to sell their land to developers. surveying the damage. these
nigerian maybe personalities are showing reporters why they recently evicted thousands of residents from this site in lagos. is this the commander explains it is one of more than a 100 illegal oil wells. the military says there's evidence all over this village of thieves stealing oil from pipelines and that the government is determined to put a stop to it that want to see never again. the trips to. britain it is this country. the government also wants to avoid more scenes like this at least 3 died in this explosion at a pipeline after botch efforts to siphon off oil and it's one of many but for people like minda such arguments ring hollow. this was a scene
a few days earlier as she and tens of thousands of others were given just one hour to pack up their belongings and leave the place they call home. you. know what i know florida nuff i mean everybody i know will know what you have and what i'll be doing for. her anger is felt by many of her fellow residents that they are the cream of the cream and i don't have. my long time i don't know my father not my dear now i don't even have anything i love my boat i lost my wallet i've leveled your money for anything you got you just like i don't want to post to this if we don't know what we want you mean of all these we don't have. many of these people claim the authorities have another reason for forcing them to leave they say the real aim is to clear the waterfront site so that they can sell the land to developers but it's a land grab and estates he wept building space is becoming difficult to find.
whatever the reason most of these people are now not just without homes they're also without any means of keeping their heads above water. well that is it for now from africa as always you can catch all our stories on our website and facebook page before we go south africa is mourning today it off son of a king was one of the country's most celebrated and he apostate photographer as he passed away in johannesburg on sunday during the struggle against a pause he was a fierce critic of how mainstream photojournalism represented back south africans will leave you now with some of his portraits of african life it's back to.
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