Burundi refugees killed in Congo clashes

Congo is home to thousands of Burundian refugees

Congo is home to thousands of Burundian refugees

At least 37 people were killed in eastern Congo on Friday when Burundian refugees who were protesting their forced return to their crisis-hit country were fired upon by Congolese forces.

Interior minister Josue Boji said that troops tried to disperse the refugees, who were fleeing violence and unrest in their own country, when the group started to throw stones.

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have shot dead 37 Burundian migrants who were protesting after four of their countrymen were expelled, the United Nations says.

An official says Congolese forces have allegedly shot and killed 34 Burundian refugees in an area near Burundi's border.

Marchal said at least 50 others were wounded and the death toll is likely to rise.

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The news release also noted that UNHCR and its partners have sent teams to Kamanyola, including medical staff, to treat the injured.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Congo, Maman Sidikou, in a statement said that he condemned the acts of violence perpetrated in Kamanyola. Initial reports suggest over 30 dead and more than 100 left injured.

Kamanyola is home to 2,000 of the almost 44,000 people who have fled Burundi to neighboring Congo, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency.

Tens of thousands of Burundians have fled to the eastern DR Congo to escape a wave of violence that unfurled in 2015 after Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a fiercely contested third term in office.

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