On October 18, 2014, BBC[1] reported an Ugandan Islamist group (the Allied Democratic Forces –ADF) could be responsible for the last three days of attacks on civilians in the area around Beny in northeastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that have resulted in 46 deaths. These recent events continue a series attacks started two weeks ago in the region, which have claimed over 70 lives and caused a few thousands to flee toward the center of the country. It seems that we are witnessing a resurgence of ADF after the group recently established connections with the Somali terrorist organization, al-Shabaab, according to UN sources quoted by the BBC. The attacks, described by local sources as extremely violent, have targeted women and children, in particular, some of the victims being raped and tortured before being killed.

 ADF[2] is a Ugandan radical Islamist group which has operated since the beginning of the 1990s along the border between Uganda and the DRC, a region famous for subsoil mineral wealth. The establishment of an Islamic state in Uganda under strict Shariah law is the political purpose declared by the terrorists. The frequent recent ADF incursions into DRC territory could signal a future offensive in Central and East Africa by the indigenous Islamists encouraged by the successes of the Islamic State of Irak and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, and by Boko Haram’s victories in Nigeria.It would not be out of the question for renewed terrorist attacks to occur in Kenya, Ethiopia or Somalia, where al-Shabaab is active, or to see the outbreak of new inter-confessional conflicts in Central African Republic or Sudan.

In Eringeti, only 55 km (34 miles) from the site of the recent attacks in Beny, are several military bases of both the UN Mission in DRC and of the DRC Army. Once again, after several failures in the past years, the UN Mission in DRC, also known as MONUSCO[3], shows its almost complete inability in protecting the civilians, and accomplishing the mission of securing peace in the region. The local people of Goma and surroundings have turned to derisively calling the UN mission ‘Mon-Useless’[4].



[1] Second massacre in days leaves 20 dead in east DR Congo, BBC NEWS AFRICA, October 18 2014, at the Internet address

[2] Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), at the Internet address

[3]MONUSCO - United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo, at the Internet address,d.bGQ

[4] Gabriel GATEHOUSE, DR Congo: UN's failed illusion of security in the east, May 24, 2013,

BBC NEWS AFRICA, at the Internet address

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