Daniel Itai – The Zimbabwe Daily

Kinshasa, DRC – Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ebola free after two years of fighting the deadly pandemic.

Close to three thousand people succumbed to the virus. Although, the virus was contained in the central African country, insurgencies contributed in the Ebola virus taking time to be fully extinguished.

Rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) has been destabilizing and killing civilians in the regions of Beni, Kivu, and Ituri.

Last weekend, close to 20 people were killed by the ADF, “the victims were five men, three women and two children, some were killed with machetes and others with firearms,” said Raphael Bon Benogo, a civil rights activist.

The ADF has been blamed for killing about 500 people since last year in retaliation for an army crackdown on their bases in the forests around the Beni region.

Dozens of armed groups operate in eastern DRC, last year, the DRC army launched a campaign against the ADF.