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Fear of Genocide in DRC as Tension Rises Due to Killings, UN Speaks, Warns DRC Government

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, particularly the Eastern Region, is gripped with fear of genocide as a result of conflict between the M23 rebels and the DRC's backed government troops.

The increase in violence in eastern DR Congo has been denounced by Alice Wairimu Nderitu, the UN's Special Advisor on Genocide Prevention, who called it a "warning sign."

"The current violence is a warning sign of societal fragility and proof of the enduring presence of the conditions that allowed large-scale hatred and violence to erupt into a genocide in the past," Nderitu said.

The M23 rebels continue to charge that the Felix Tshisekedi-led DRC government has broken multiple agreements and is still persecuting Kinyarwanda-speaking Congolese.

The administration of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has consistently refuted accusations that it supported the M23 rebels in the DRC.

Nderitu has urged the administration of President Felix Tshisekedi to fulfill its main duty of stopping crimes against humanity.

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