World Vision staff victims of attack on humanitarian convoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

World Vision is distressed to receive reports of a staff member’s death in an attack by unidentified armed actors on a humanitarian convoy today.

Staff from World Vision were among relief workers in the convoy which was returning from a mission to take food to vulnerable Congolese people south of Lubero territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

World Vision is confirming the fatality, and verifying reports of one person seriously injured. We are contacting families of the affected staff and making efforts to contact the survivors.  Emergency means will be used tomorrow to move the injured staff member by air for medical treatment.

This devastating incident is an attack on our staff, and on the most vulnerable children and communities whom they were serving.

ENDS.

For further information or to organise and interview please contact:

Geoffrey Kalebbo Denye | DRC- Sustained Humanitarian Response Communications Specialist | World Vision International Phone: +243974586286 | Mobile: +254721650105| Email: geoffrey_denye@wvi.org 

Jennifer Watson |  Director of Communications Director of East and Southern Africa | World Vision International |  jennifer_watson@wvi.org | (mob. +254 780 554 394)

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