In “Report: Who are the killers of Beni?” the Congo Research Group (CRG) investigates the violent attacks committed against the people of Beni in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Beginning in October 2014, the civilian population have been brutally massacred reportedly by the Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). This crisis has resulted in the murder of over five hundred people, and the displacement of thousands more.
Although the UN, as well as the Congolese government, have stated to have sent forces to nullify this humanitarian crisis, the CRG have argued that current efforts are not adequate to ending the conflict anytime soon. Rather, in addition to holding the belief that other militant and interest groups in the area being involved in the attacks, the CRG has documented cases of “officers discouraging their units from intervening during massacres…evidence indicating that members of the FARDAC [the DRC national army] have actively participated in massacres”.
Besides proximate solutions to the massacres in Beni, education stands as both necessary and foundational for change in the DRC. Through education, Nyantende Foundation believes that Congolese youth will empower both themselves, as well as their community when given the opportunity to learn. Our vision is to stop violent acts such as the massacres in Beni, by taking youth off the streets and into the classrooms.