We are the 10th of October 2018. The city of Beni is rising suddenly, everything is agitated. The cries of the demonstrators reason like thunders.
On one side, the district “Belgian city”, in Bungulu Commune, knows ruffles unparalleled. Gunfire whistles like music supposedly to disperse crowds of Kitshanga population who have invaded the entrance of a fence where a FARDC colonel who she qualifies as an accomplice of the ADF. The local population claims to have discovered that this FARDC officer would secretly house some 300 Rwandan subjects to play both the role of the occupation fighters and the murderers. Our local source, very close to the security services, confirms that 6 vehicles of the armed men left the parcel overnight for an unknown destination, unfortunately due to some people who alerted the population. This source, however, says that it does not know the identity and origin of these armed men. At a time when we are putting this dispatch online, the police and fardc are pulling in all directions to discourage protesters, but the population is far from giving in to intimidation. Case to follow!
At the same time, on the other side, the students who have been revolted since October 08, 2018 are raging on the City Hall. The police are also trying to disperse them in vain, while FARDC soldiers, moved by the suffering of the inhabitants, are trying to discourage the police while congratulating the protesters. The overflowing police began shooting blindly, as a 15-year-old girl was a victim of; she was rushed to the hospital.
In the meantime, the general security situation only goes from bad to worse.
Jeanne d’Arc KAHINDO