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Sinister plans of Angola Against Cabindan Refugees in the DRC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terra Cabinda   
Saturday, 09 July 2011 21:35

                              Sinister plans of Angola Against Cabindan Refugees in the DRC

In the last few months we have been reporting on the terrible situation that the Cabindan refugees endure in the Congos and the raids by Angolan agents in the refugee camps, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the DRC.

From trustworthy sources we have learned about Angola’s plan to force the repatriation of  Cabindan refugees, together with Angolan refugees residing in the DRC, in what is considered to be the last of official repatriations of the Angolan refugees agreed between Angola, UNHCR and DRC.

Taking into account the exclusive situation of Cabindan refugees Angola intended to force the issue by using its agents, employing the tactics of intimidation and corruption by material goods – which turned out to be fruitless due to the joint actions of denunciation and information taken by the Cabindan Community in the DRC and the Liberal Forum for the Emancipation of Cabinda in international circles to thwart the intentions of the regime in Luanda.

Confronted with the state of alert created internationally on the case, Angola drew up a plan B in order to cover the failure of plan A, which consists in ordering its agent Alexandre Tati (who surrendered himself to Angola in 2010) to form a group in Lubolo, DRC of some ex-fighters who are faithful to him to be put forward as Cabindan refugees, to be included in the number of Angolan refugees to be repatriated.

However, as the number of Alexandre Tati’s followers has now fallen considerably, Angola has been rehearsing sinister tactics, similar to those put into practice in 2009 to incite violence against Cabindan refugees in the Congos Brazzaville and Kinshasa, which was aborted by the clear-sightedness and good sense of the populations and authorities of the two countries.

This time Angola some days ago used the tactic of expelling the citizens of the DRC in Cabinda exclusively, obliging landlords there to forcibly evict their DRC Congolese tenants without notice even though the tenants do not have any problems with them or any rent arrears to pay. This tactic aims to create a flow of Congolese repatriated in the Lower-Congo and to cause resentment and animosity in the heart of the Congolese population against the Cabindans, and provoke retaliation against Cabindan refugees in the DRC.

It is worth noting out that many Cabindans, landlords of houses lived in by DRC Congolese, have been imprisoned for not respecting the forcible eviction order imposed by the occupying regime. And some were freed only after the payment of a fine, but for what crime?

We recognize and praise the attitude of solidarity of the Congolese people and authorities in relation to the Cabindan refugees in the current circumstances that, with wisdom, clear-sightedness and humanity, they have been able to separate the wheat from the chaff and have helped to preserve the lives of the Cabindan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The regime in Luanda must not be allowed to treat the Cabindans as sub-human whenever it sees fit - it is necessary for the international community, especially the developed countries that raise the standard of human rights and peoples’ rights, to get involved in finding a solution to the issue of Cabinda.                                  

It has been said, “To contemplate a crime in silence is to participate in the crime”.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 July 2011 07:14
 

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