DRC steps up arrests of South Sudan refugees to weed out rebels
Wednesday December 27 2017
A group of South Sudanese refugees fleeing from recent fighting in Lasu in South Sudan rest after crossing the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo, near Aba, on December 23, 2017. PHOTO | AFP
It is the first time Congolese authorities have detained a significant number of South Sudanese and may signal a change in Kinshasa's policy towards the neighbouring country, riven by a devastating four-year power struggle.
The tightening of cross-border movements is a blow to those who return to South Sudan to harvest their fields in order to supplement their monthly cash allowance, which they say isn't enough to feed their families.
Officials in the DRC suspect a close link between the refugee community and the opposition fighters.