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Mass atrocities by government troops and rebels in Congo - UN report

An investigation by a team of UN human rights experts has concluded that mass rape, dismembering of civilians and cannablism took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo during conflict that began in 2016 in the Kasai region. 

Stating that both government troops and rebel fighters were suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, the team presented its findings to the UN Human Rights Council last week. 

“One victim told us that in May 2017 she saw a group of Kamuina Nsapu militia, some of whom sported female genitals (clitorises and vaginas) as medals,” the report said.

“Some witnesses recalled seeing people cutting up, cooking and eating human flesh, including penises cut from men who were still alive and from corpses, especially FARDC, and drinking human blood.”

A Congolese government spokesperson has however dismissed the report as politically motivated. 

“We were not aware of this and it is very curious. But it is clearly a politically motivated press campaign that has nothing to do with justice,” he was quoted by Reuters as saying. 

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