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DR Congo security forces shoot dead Burundi migrants

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DR Congo security forces shoot dead Burundi migrants

  • 16 September 2017
  • From the section Africa
A woman holds up an intravenous dripImage copyright Reuters
Image caption There are tens of thousands of Burundians living in the DRC

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have shot dead 37 Burundian migrants who were protesting after four of their countrymen were expelled, the UN says.

Its peacekeeping mission Monusco said another 117 were injured during the incident in the east of the country.

Government sources said protesters overran a prison where the Burundians were being held for deportation.

The UN has called for an investigation into exactly what happened.

Monusco's Florence Marchal said her team was "shocked" by the killings.

The Burundian protesters, she said, "were not happy because four of them have been expelled from Congo. A [Congolese soldier] was killed in the clash, and it led to the escalation of violence.

"Congolese defence and security forces then allegedly responded with indiscriminate firing on the protesters."

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The Congolese interior ministry earlier said troops had fired in the air but were overwhelmed by protesters throwing stones.

In the wake of the killings, Burundi's Foreign Minister Alain Aimé Nyamitwe took to Twitter demanding answers.

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My heart sinks as I learn of the shootings in Eastern #DRC which, according to sources, hv left + than 30 #Burundi-an refugees dead. @UNHCR

— alain aimé (@nyamitwe) September 16, 2017
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Clarifications are needed on the shootings & circumstances around. @UNHCR, @MONUSCO and the #DRC authorities need to communicate.2/

— alain aimé (@nyamitwe) September 16, 2017
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Yesterday's incident reminds all of us that management of Refugee camps has to comply FULLY with the #Geneva Conventions on Refugees.3/

— alain aimé (@nyamitwe) September 16, 2017
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More than 400,000 people have fled Burundi since 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term, sparking widespread violence.

Some 40,000 are living in the DRC, the UN Refugee Agency said.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

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