Didier Reynders shocked by the barbaric massacre in Beni in the DRC

date: 17 December 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked at the discovery of 20 corpses in the villages of Musuku and Mwenda in the Ruwenzori area in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to provisional information, the victims - mainly women and children, including an infant just a few months old - were murdered with unimaginable violence and inhumanity. Some victims were raped, decapitated and even dismembered.

After these sordid and revolting acts and the serious violations of human rights, Minister Reynders called on the Congolese government and the UN’s MONUSCO peace-keeping force to strengthen their presence in the region in order to offer civilians as much protection as possible.

Didier Reynders hopes that the Congolese government will do everything in its power to find the perpetrators of these atrocities and to prosecute them for their deeds.

These atrocities are a reminder of the urgent need to pursue the implementation of the commitments made in the Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Framework Agreement, for the DRC and the Great Lakes Region. This is the only way to bring an end to the violence, and restore peace, stability and growth.