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Italian ambassador to Congo killed in kidnapping

Luca Attanasio

The Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luca Attanasio, was assassinated on the 22nd of February. According to the Fides news agency report, he "was close to the missionary world working in the east of the country".


The Italian policeman Vittorio Iacovacci and the Congolese driver Mustafa Milambo kidnapped together with the ambassador, also died.
This is what Monica Corna, head of the Salesian mission VIS (International Volunteering for Development) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who has worked alongside the Salesians for 18 years, reported in an interview with Fides news agency:

“Luca Attanasio was well known to the missionary community of North Kivu – says Monica Corna who, for 18 years has been working with the VIS at the Don Bosco Center in Goma, capital of the eastern Congolese province. He was surely a very enthusiastic person who believed in what he was doing”, stresses the volunteer. “Ambassador Attanasio went to North Kivu to see firsthand the difficult situation of the local communities. For him, it was important to see a certain reality in order to have a direct vision and be a true witness”.

Monica Corona also added that they are hoping that this sad incident would not stop the western world from helping in the Congo as they need help.


Photo: The Guardian

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