Dozens of bodies are laid to rest as the families call for justice to be done after around fifty civilians were killed at the protest by members of the Congolese armed forces. The government's official death toll so far stands at 57, with six soldiers, including two officers, being held responsible
"The environment must be preserved in all its forms. Oil is a danger for the population, .. where the people are impoverished because of the exploitation of oil to the detriment of multinationals, that's why today the population of North Kivu, through this march, shows its discontent against oil."
"There are lots of land disputes in Kinshasa, thousands of them," said Theo Sindani Kasita, a property lawyer in the megacity of an estimated 15 million people. Families are regularly evicted without being notified of a court decision, and before tenants can launch an appeal, he adds.
Instead of benefiting from the growth of the mining sector, people living in the Kolwezi region "are being forced to leave their homes and farmland to make way for the expansion of large-scale industrial mining projects", according to the report.
Peace seems unattainable and help is in short supply. In the camps for displaced people of Ituri, a province in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, despair feeds into a feeling of abandonment.