UNITED NATIONS — Congolese government troops are raping, killing and looting civilians in the same area of eastern Congo where militias carried out mass rapes over two months ago, a top UN envoy said Thursday.
Margot Wallstrom, who is responsible for UN efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict, told the Security Council UN peacekeepers have received reports of rapes, killings and looting by government soldiers.
"The possibility that the same communities who were brutalized in July and August by FDLR and Mai Mai elements are now also suffering" at the hands of the army "is unimaginable and unacceptable," she said, referring to the Rwandan-led rebels from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda by their French initials.
Following the mass rapes that ended in early August, Congo President Joseph Kabila ordered a moratorium on mining in the mineral-rich area and sent in thousands of army troops to reassert government control.
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