Mai-Mai Displace 4000 People In DRC

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Close to 5000 people have been displaced in the South Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo after suspected Mai Mai fighters raided their villages.

 Close to 5000 people have been displaced in the South Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo after suspected Mai Mai fighters raided their villages.
 
The displaced people have now take refuge in the town of Kalima. The Mai-Mai fighters have for long been involved in gold trafficking and have exchanged fire with government forces.
 
 The hostilities between the two sides are said to have resumed as the government forces tried to bring to an end gold trafficking in the quarries of Kitamuna in Punia territory and in the forests of Kumba in the territory of Kailo all in South Kivu Province.
 
Kakutya town mayor Philémon Kikobya says the number of displaced people at Kalima now stands at 4820. The mayor further revealed that more people are leaving their homes in Hambwe sector in the territory of Kailo.
 
 He says the displaced people are now camped in the areas of   Kalima, Misoke and Makundju.
 
The Mai-Mai is one of the over 45 rebel groups in eastern DRC. They have for long been accused of carrying out abductions, rape and murder.
 
The latest clashes come just weeks after the Congolese government forces with help from the United Nations Intervention Brigade, pushed the M23 rebels out of their positions forcing them to call for an end to the 20-month rebellion.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.