Aid abuse

The BBC reports today how humanitarian aid was used to facilitate military action in the DRC. Doctors without Borders (MSF) is one of the bravest and most savvy of aid organizations.  If they ever choose to leave the region, many will be worse off.

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

DR Congo army ‘used aid as bait’

Congolese soldiers being trained (file photo)

The Congolese army operations in the area have been suspended

The Democratic Republic of Congo army has used vaccination clinics as “bait” to attack civilians, says aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

Thousands of Hutu civilians were targeted when they visited sites set up to combat a measles epidemic, in areas controlled by the rebels, MSF said.

It denounced the attacks in North Kivu as “an abuse of humanitarian action”.

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