Beni, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo
Jervais Yalala (22), armed with a machete and bow-and-arrow with poison tips, stands guard near the dense forest that shelters a group of killers thought to have carried out a series of massacres in recent months. Yalala has volunteered to work as a watchman near the town of Oicha, one of the massacre hot-spots. In October 2014 a series of massacres began in the Beni area (North Kivu). There have been about 19 since then leaving around 300 civilians dead. Some of the massacres have taken place a stone's throw from the bases of UN peacekeepers and Congolese army (FARDC) bases. The official line is that the ADF-NALU, an Islamic rebel group, are behind the killings but no one on the ground believes that (not even the UN) s the ADF-NALU have long been a spent force. Civilians in the Beni area are living in fear, with the UN seemingly unable to protect them, many locals suspect that FARDC are involved in the ongoing massacres. Survivors and witnesses have reported hearing the killers speak in Luganda and Kinyarwanda. Languages from Uganda and Rwanda respectively. Circumstantial evidence suggests that the killers have links with M23, the rebel group defeated just over one year ago. All indications are that this is the beginning of a new war in the DRC.