China Warns Citizens To Leave DR Congo Following Attacks

China Warns Citizens To Leave DR Congo Following Attacks
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The Chinese embassy have asked its citizens to evacuate three provinces in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo as soon as possible.

Africa Daily News, New York reports that the notice is coming on the heels of several cases of armed robbery and kidnappings of Chinese nationals in the region’s mines in recent days.

A posting from the Chinese Embassy in Kinshasa on the WeChat online messaging disclosed that a number of Chinese citizens had been attacked and kidnapped in the three provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu, and Ituri over the past month.

It said Chinese residing in the three provinces should provide their personal details by Dec. 10 and make plans to leave for safer parts of Congo. Those in the districts of Bunia, Djugu, Beni, Rutshuru, Fizi, Uvira and Mwenga should leave immediately, it said, adding that any who do not do so ‘will have to bear the consequences themselves.’

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‘We ask that all Chinese citizens and Chinese-invested businesses in Congo please pay close attention to local conditions, increase their safety awareness and emergency preparedness, and avoid unnecessary outside travel,‘ the embassy said.

No details of the incidents were given, although the embassy last month reported five Chinese citizens were abducted from a mining operation in South Kivu, which borders Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania.

It warned a the time that the security situation in the area was ‘extremely complex and grim’ and that there was little possibility of sending help in the event of an attack or kidnapping.

No details were given about those kidnapped, who they worked for or who was suspected of taking them.

Several armed groups including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, known by its French acronym FDLR, the Mai-Mai and the M23 regularly vie for control of eastern Congo’s natural resources.

AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK

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