The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has voiced her outrage at the attack against a doctor in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) widely admired for his work with rape survivors, and called on the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"I am appalled and outraged by the cowardly attack against Dr. Denis Mukwege and his family," Zainab Bangura said in a statement, referring to the incident which took place on Thursday night and which was also condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Dr. Mukwege, the founder and Director-General of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in South Kivu province, was attacked in his home by armed men who shot and killed his security guard. He and his family were not hurt in the attack.
"I know Dr. Mukwege personally, and greatly admire his life-saving work in the DRC which gives hope to so many thousands of Congolese," stated Bangura, who is the Secretary-General´s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.