Violent intercommunal clashes broke out in South Kivu province on Tuesday, November 6. According to local sources, suspected Maï-Maï militias attacked the villages of Mushago and Kirinja (Uvira territory), burning down at least 50 houses. It is unclear if the clashes resulted in any casualties. Further fighting is possible in South Kivu over the coming days and weeks.
The government's limited presence in the DRC's eastern provinces, as well as the presence of numerous armed groups and local self-defense militias (Maï-Maï militias), have led to continued insecurity in the area. In 2017, North and South Kivu provinces recorded an increase in armed group activities. Humanitarian organizations have stated that security conditions in the Kivu regions present a major obstacle to delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need, as kidnappings, including of Congolese and foreign aid workers, are frequent in the area.
Individuals in South Kivu province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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