Statement from Dr. Denis Mukwege: After Beni Massacres, “peace cannot be achieved at the expense of justice” (17.05.2016)

Denis Muwege 17.05.2016

BENi 2016 Panzi

Communique de Press du Dr Denis Mukwege on Beni (17.05.2016)

DRC 17.05.2016

There is a silent War going on in Beni, in the province of North Kivu; this is in the DR Congo!

Beni Pray

There been various reports of silent genocide or a civil war in Lubero-Beni, North-Kivu Province in Democratic Republic of Congo; that has been missed by all international Media. I believe it been missed since it is wrong area code. It is deaths and murders where it doesn’t matter. Which is why I must speak out about it; because it is mostly civilians who die, this is while the groups like ADF-NALU, FARDC or other Guerrillas who shoots and kill.

This saddens me as all of these men and woman dies… and total silence as the terrorist attacks in Paris and wherever get traction. Not that the international media saves the lives, but the recognition of the violence and escalated killings would give the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Government condemnation and even made them responsible to stop or get the Peacekeepers to move into the area, the MONUSCO.

These words should worry anybody who reads about killings of fellow brothers and sisters:

“The report cites various sources who accuse local militias and members of the Congolese military. It says it’s alleged that in some cases, men were promised up to $250 for each person they killed” (Long, 2016).

Getting paid to kill and offered money as mercenaries to kill civilians. That should shake the world, stop the clock and boggle the mind of those who sees as all life as precious. This here so breaching all kind of laws and what can sees as justice and human rights as people are “paid to kill”, and this is not Terminator or James Bond, but initially soldiers and guerrillas killing them for money.

On 4th May 2016 there were reports where 20 people killed including children by the ADF in the village of Eringti. On the 10th May 2016 there was reports of 16 people hacked to death. In two villages alone there been on the 14th May 2016 there been estimated alone there 50 people been killed there.

The Allied Defence Force is a militant Muslim group who’s origin comes from Uganda and have in the beginning started fighting there, but moved over to DRC when the UPDF we’re able to keep them away from Kasese and Kisoro. And also the greater Rwenzori sub-region. Since then they have moved in DRC and now they terrorize and kill in North Kivu and the areas surround Beni.

“A panel of U.N. experts, who monitor sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo, said “it has become clear that FARDC (Congolese army) officers were involved in recruiting and supplying armed groups involved in the killings (of civilians)” (…)”Brigadier General Muhindo Akili Mundos was in charge of the offensive against the ADF – named Sukola, or “cleanup” in the local Lingala language – between August 2014 and June 2015” (…)”According to them, General Mundos financed and equipped this group with weapons, ammunition and FARDC uniforms. He came to their camp several times, sometimes wearing an FARDC uniform and sometimes in civilian clothes,” the experts said” (Nichols, 2016).

So there are both message of FARDC the government forces who are in charge of a “clean-up” and the killings of ADF-NALU, the Ugandan Guerrilla who lingers and kills to gain power in the area. As the ADF tries to have control so they can earn money for their killings by exporting Coltan, a mineral that the area is rich on. The precious metal the Cell-phones of the world needs, so that the Iphone’s of the world can function so that the world can take selfies and be online on their phones.

The sadness is the silence and little care for all of the killings as the numbers are staggering. The killings with machetes (Pangas) and are hacked to death, many of the woman and children without any care or to spare any lives. The FARDC and the Guerrillas viciously hack the villagers and citizens of Kivu without any hesitation to spread fear and take control of the area. While the world doesn’t even shed a tear… that saddens me and should also be reminder that the killings of Kivu are a continuation of a long-term killing spree that has happen for decades in the Great Lakes area. So that the Rwandan and Ugandan interference in the Province has been there for long, especially after the genocide in Rwanda itself!

Even read reports that the Guerrillas have cut of communication and made it difficult to communicate with the local people in the Beni and the districts around the city in North Kivu. This report comes from Gorilla Warriors on the 14th of May 2016.

I will end with words of Father L.M. who writes this:

“Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) – “President, I ask you to take an interest in what is happening in Beni, in Kivu. Could you take into consideration a serious inquiry for a proper justice?”. Is the appeal in a letter to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, by Fr. Gaston Mumbere, who signs himself “Member of the Congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption”. Jean-Pierre Ndulani, Edmond Bamtupe and Anselme Wsukundi, abducted October 19, 2012, and Fr. Vincent Machozi, killed on 20 March (see Fides 22/03/2016) belonged to the same Congregation. In the letter, the text of which was sent to Agenzia Fides, Fr. Mumbere remembers the massacres perpetrated by the different armed groups in the territory of Beni, in North Kivu, eastern DRC (see Fides 29/02/2016). The religious describes appalling crimes committed against the civilian population, such as children with their throats cut or massacred with a hammer. Citing the figure of 8 million deaths, caused over 20 years of civil war and instability in the region, Fr. Mumbere polemically emphasizes that “at this rate, you could become the President of the dead, cemeteries and mass graves”. “There are numerous survivors. Each of them will write to you. (…)”If you do not act logically you risk being accused of complicity” concludes the Assumptionist father” (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 13/05/2016)

I think this is enough. And hope the world start to care and take responsibility, also in the way to get the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo to care, not only detain or house-arrest Moise Katumbi. Peace.


Long, Nick – ‘Who is Behind Beni Massacres in DRC?’ (25.03.2016) link:

Nichols, Michelle – ‘U.N. experts accuse Congo general of aiding attacks on civilians’ (14.05.2016) Link: