Abducted aid workers released in eastern DRC

Fourteen aid workers abducted two days ago in eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo have been released

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Internally displaced Congolese women carry bags of food distributed by the Red Cross in Bweremana, north Kivu, in December 2008. Conflict adds to the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies.

The United Nations on Tuesday said 14 aid workers who were abducted two days ago by unidentified attackers in the eastren Rutshuru region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed the release of the aid workers through its Twitter account.

The 14 aid workers who were abducted on Sunday were working for a Congolese non-governmental organisation.

Spokesman for the OCHA did not give immediate details about the release of the aid workers and has not confirmed their nationalities.

The mountainous region of Rutshuru, which neighbours the Rwandan border, has been place of different home-grown and foreign-backed rebels and eastern Congo’s armed groups which control the mine business in the region.

Dozens of people have been abducted this year by armed militants in Rutshuru, an area which is still largely controlled by rebel groups after a war broke out in 1998 and ended in 2003. Millions of people died, mainly from hunger and disease, during this period. 

TRTWorld and agencies