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Côte d'Ivoire: Four Red Cross volunteers found dead

19-03-2003 News Release 03/17

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was deeply shocked to learn of the death of four volunteers of the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire who worked for the local branch in Toulepleu, a town in the western part of the country.

The bodies of Gonzreu Kloueu, his son Thierry, Te Goue and Vally Camara, all missing since 12 January 2003, have just been found and identified. According to initial reports, the four volunteers were abducted by armed men while carrying out their duties.

The ICRC extends its deepest sympathy to the families of the deceased and to all the volunteers of the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire.

The organization calls for an immediate investigation into the circumstances of this tragic incident and for new security guarantees enabling Red Cross personnel to pursue their efforts to meet the urgent needs of people living in the Toulepleu area.

 Further information:  

 Juan Martinez, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 79 217 32 17  

 Simon Plüss, ICRC Abidjan, tel. ++ 225 224 000 70