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UN Opens New Military Base In Drodro, DR Congo

The UN MONUSCO forces are temporarily moving to Drodro to help displaced persons return to their homes by rooting out rebels.

The United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has announced the opening of a temporary military base in Drodro situated in Ituri province.

The base is intended to facilitate the return of persons displaced as a result of attacks by rebels of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) against villages in the zone, a UN official revealed. 

In Nov. 2021, Drodro, and Tche (another site for displaced persons), were targeted by CODECO rebels and according to the recent figures published by the UN High Commission for Refugees, 44 persons were killed in Drodro and more than 1,200 shelters were destroyed. About 1,000 huts were also destroyed in Tche.

These attacks resulted in an influx of displaced persons towards other MONUSCO sites in Rhoo, where more than 70,000 persons found refuge and live under the protection of UN Blue Helmets.

“The UN Mission has underlined to community leaders of the zone, displaced persons and the civilian population, the necessity to cooperate with it in activating civilian protection alerts through the network of community alerts put in place in the zone,” MONUSCO stated in a communique.

Meanwhile, MONUSCO has announced that it was going to offer fuel for 90 days, to six community radios in Komanda and Aveba within Irumu territory in Ituri province.

The first delivery of the fuel was made on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at the Aveba military base which is 100 km from Bunia.

The six radio stations benefitting from this support are Radio Pax Umoja of Gety, Radio Amani of Aveba, Radiotelevision Maendeleo of Gey, Radio Amani of Komanda, Radio La Reference of Komanda, and Radio Tuendelee also of Komanda.

MONUSCO is also going to help other community radios, this time in Bunia, with solar panels.


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