The DRC National Refugee Commission has said it has received requests from 1000 captured FDLR rebels and their dependents to be repatriated to their home country Rwanda, a UN based radio reported Saturday.
According to the UN Stabilisation Mission in Congo (MONUSCO), over 306 FDLR rebels were captured on Thursday adding to another total of 600 seized during the fighting launched by Congolese Military FARDC.
On Saturday the Congolese Military said, some of the rebels were captured on November 26 in fighting between the army and the National Congress for Democratic Renewal (CNRD) group in Kalehe territory since the end of November.
Maj. Gen. Leon Kasonga the Spokesperson of Congolese Army said on thursday that 306 members of FDLR surrendered with their weapons in the Kalehe region of South Kivu province.
The Congolese Military said until Friday, December 6th, around 600 FDLR and their dependents were being transported to the Nyamunyunyi military camp near Kavumu airport. More than 400 others were still in Bitale in the territory of Kalehe.
These rebels and their dependents are said to have been living in deplorable conditions and urgently need food and sanitary needs. Some are nursing gunshot wounds, sick women and children.
The humanitarian community in South Kivu told the UN based radio that it wants access to camps where these people are and assess needs before any assistance granted.
Meanwhile, Asifiwe Nshimiyimana Manudi, one of the leaders of FDLR, was arrested Monday. Sylvestre Mudacumura, the rebel group’s commander, was killed in September by the Congolese army.
The FDLR are largely composed of perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi which claimed more than a million lives in Rwanda.
Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi promised after his election that he had a plan to completely remove all foreign armed groups from the country.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been wracked by conflict near its eastern border, after numerous militias evolved from the two Congo wars (1996-1997 and 1998-2003).