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>> These mass graves, recently found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bear witness to the increased brutality of several conflicts in the country. Eight sites in total in one province, the bodies are thought to be of rebel fighters from the Kimwena Nsapu Militia. This red headband part of their uniform.
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It's not clear how many are buried. Yet, the UN believes government forces killed 84 of the rebels in the area last month. The government says the insurgents made the graves. But one local farmer told Reuters that they saw a government truck dumping bodies at one site. She, like other witnesses, asked that her name be withheld, fearing the army would seek retribution.
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e conflicts flared again after President Joseph Kabila refused to step down after then end of his term in December. He now says he'll step down after elections at the end of this year.
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However, after decades of bloodshed and million of debts the violence had appeared to ease in recent years although divisions still existed over land, ethnicity and mineral rights.
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The DRC hasn't had a single peaceful transfer of power since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960.