Graphic Video: Group Murder in Congo

This video should really not be watched if you have a weak stomach. Here is the description by the Youtube Uploader. For most this will be enough:

DATELINE: February 17, 2017 (Democratic Republic of the Congo – RDC / Bandundu region) – Grave images have emerged of a massacre of unarmed civilians in Kabeya Kamuanga Mwanza Lomba village in the Kasai by soldiers under the command of Joseph Kabila.

The soldiers who speak Lingala and have FARDC outfits are here slaughtering the so-called militants of Kamwena Nsapu. It is a war crime, incontestably, and a crime against humanity.

Here is the sequence of this massacre: The video begins with armed soldiers saying that “they are not afraid to die, we will show them”. They walk and in front of them they have UNARMED CIVILIANS who believe in witchcraft. The myth is that they can not be killed by bullets. However, the FARDC are asking them to open fire on civilians who had a stand off, it seems.

“Look, they are dying,” the soldiers said in Lingala, the language of central Congo, as they blasted the civilians. “Watch how they get killed like animals.” After the initial volley, they go further and make sure that everyone is dead and does not fake their death – this is when additional shots are heard and seen. The soldiers then saunter up to the wounded, blasting them in the head with assault rifles from a few feet away.

Many of the victims look young; several are women. None carry guns. FARDC soldiers then exclaim: “Look that they have died, that they are dead – make sure they are all dead” and that the FARC are still the law and kill everyone standing in the path.

“We act by virtue of instruction and will continue / hunt / kill all those who stand in the way,” he says, adding that they are under the command of Major “Nyembo” and Major “Pitchou.” Human Rights Watch, Western diplomats and United Nations officials said they were investigating the video, which was consistent with United Nations reports this week of Congolese government soldiers ruthlessly crushing a local militia in the Kasaï-Central Province.

Human rights activists said that the video was filmed by a Congolese government soldier who was part of the execution squad and that the soldier may have felt bad about what happened and leaked it to assuage his conscience. The camera was right behind the soldiers as they raised their rifles. The soldiers did not even take cover when they opened fire. Analysts said it was clear that the soldiers knew that their targets posed no threat.

At least 13 bodies could be seen in the video. Lambert Mende, Congo’s information minister, said the video was not filmed in Congo, but possibly another African country, and that it was an attempt by nongovernmental organizations “to destroy the image of the D.R.C.”

 

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