Congolese officials accuse Angola of violence against its citizens
Migrants and officials say Angolan security forces have killed dozens of people
Kinshasa — Democratic Republic of Congo has summoned the Angolan ambassador over the expulsion of thousands of Congolese migrants from Angola during a crackdown on artisanal diamond mining this month, Congo’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. Congolese migrants and officials have said dozens of people were killed during an operation by Angolan security forces and an allied ethnic group in October. Angola denies this and says many Congolese migrants left voluntarily. “The Government of the Republic of Congo urges ... Angola to conduct a comprehensive investigation to establish who is responsible for these wrongful acts,” Foreign Minister Leonard She Okitundu said. Congo’s ambassador to Angola has been summoned on Wednesday by Angolan authorities to be briefed on the case, he said.
The dispute comes at a time of worsening relations between the government of Congolese President Joseph Kabila and its erstwhile ally to the south. Two decades ago, Angola stepped in to rescue Kabil...