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Ovaherero Genocide Foundation

1996 Congo

After the Rwandan genocide some of the Hutu perpetrators that fled into Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, formed the FDLR. The FDLR along with the Congolese armed forces, the FARDC, were violent against civilians. The atrocities included mass killings, thousands of sexual assaults, forced displacement, torture, abductions, looting, and use of child soldiers. Since 1996 at least 5 million people in the DRC have died from the mass killings, disease, lack of food security, displacement, and broken health-care systems