Plaine Savo massacre

On 2 February 2022, over 60 civilians from the Hema ethnic group[2] were killed in a massacre in Djugu territory, Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.[3]

Plaine Savo massacre
Part of Ituri conflict
Plaine Savo massacre is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Plaine Savo massacre
Plaine Savo massacre (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
LocationPlaine Savo, Ituri province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates1°45′44″N 30°35′25″E
DateFebruary 2, 2022 (2022-02-02)
02:00[1] (CAT (UTC+02:00))
TargetHema people
Attack type
Mass murder of internally displaced people
Weaponsmachetes and edged weapons, guns
MotiveNomadic conflict, ethnic cleansing

During the early hours, CODECO insurgents armed with machetes and edged weapons[4] attacked Plaine Savo, a camp for internally displaced people in the northeast of the country in which around 4,000 people live.[3] Forces from the Congolese military made contact with the CODECO militia prior to the attack but were bypassed when the assailants changed direction.[5]

"I first heard cries when I was still in bed. Then several minutes of gunshots. I fled and I saw torches and people crying for help and I realised it was the CODECO militiamen who had invaded our site." – Local resident[4]

Four people, including the chief of the Bahema N’adhere community, were hospitalized.[4]

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