Fourteen Humanitarian Workers Kidnapped In Eastern Congo

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Fourteen humanitarian workers have been kidnapped in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, the latest in a spate of hostage-takings in the
region, the United Nations and local activists said on Monday.
Eastern Congo was ravaged by two wars between 1996 and 2003
that killed millions of people, most dying from hunger and disease, and the
region remains plagued by dozens of armed groups who compete over reserves of
gold, tin and tantalum.
The employees of a Congolese non-governmental organization
were abducted on Sunday in the Rutshuru region in North Kivu province, the U.N.
mission in Congo’s humanitarian coordinator, Mamadou Diallo, said in a
statement.

“This kidnapping confirms the fragile security
situation in which the various humanitarian organizations work and whose
victims are the local population.” I call for the liberation of these
humanitarian workers,” Diallo said.

Diallo did not say what organization the workers belonged to
or who is believed to be responsible for the attack. We pray they would be
released soon.

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