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Democratic Republic of Congo: Assassination attempt on Dr. Denis Mukwege
On the evening of 25 October 2012 around 19:00, four armed men, not in uniform, entered Dr. Denis Mukwege’s house in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The armed men forced Dr. Mukwege’s two daughters and their friend at gunpoint to sit silently on the floor until he returned home. On his arrival, roughly half an hour later, one of the armed men opened the gate and forced Dr. Mukwege out of the vehicle and demanded he hand over his keys. The security guard on duty ran out shouting to intervene and was shot and killed. The armed men fired the remaining bullets at Dr. Mukwege, who threw himself on the ground narrowly avoiding the gunfire. The men then fled in Dr. Mukwege’s vehicle, which they quickly abandoned before hijacking another vehicle. The identity of the armed men and their current location is unknown.
Dr. Denis Mukwege is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu. The hospital has become known worldwide for the treatment of survivors of sexual violence and women in need of specialised gynaecological care.
For more information, please visit PMU (Pingstmissionens Utvecklingssamarbete)'s report.