Six ICRC staff killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
27-04-2001 News Release 01/14
Geneva (ICRC) - The ICRC is deeply shocked by the death of six of its staff members who lost their lives during the afternoon of 26 April in Ituri province, in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The members of the ICRC team, who were travelling in two vehicles marked with the red cross emblem, were on an assignment to bring assistance to the region when they were killed by unidentified assailants.
The team comprised two women and four men: Rita Fox, 36, a Swiss nurse from Bern; Véronique Saro, 33, a Congolese national; Julio Delgado, 54, a Colombian relief delegate; Unen Ufoirworth, 29, a Congolese employee of the ICRC tracing agency; and drivers Aduwe Boboli, 39, and Jean Molokabonge, 56, both Congolese nationals.
The ICRC expresses its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the deceased, who gave their lives for the ideal of solidarity with the victims of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Profoundly grieved by this tragedy, it condemns in the strongest terms this attack and the flouting of the red cross emblem.
Special memorial service
for the six ICRC colleagues,
Geneva, May 2, 2001.