Why the Republic of Congo Has Sent Tens of Thousands of Migrants Back to DRC

DRC citizen deported from Brazaville waiting to be transferred from Maluku, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 23, 2014 (U.N. photo by Sylvain Liechti).
DRC citizen deported from Brazaville waiting to be transferred from Maluku, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 23, 2014 (U.N. photo by Sylvain Liechti).
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Over 130,000 citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been deported from or otherwise driven out of the neighboring Republic of Congo since April 4. The U.N., backed by multiple human rights groups, has declared these expulsions “an acute humanitarian crisis” and accused security personnel in the Republic of Congo of physically and sexually abusing the deportees. More than 2,400 of these deportees lack the resources to return to their homes and have ended up in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kinshasa, the DRC’s sprawling capital. “This issue of immigration from DRC to Brazzaville is a […]

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