Foreign Aid Team Attacked in DRC

A health center set up by the International Medical Corps and UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A plane carrying a team of foreign aid workers was fired at by gunmen in DRC. Photo by: Julien Harneis / CC BY SA Julien HarneisCC BY SA

A team of foreign aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo escaped and are currently in hiding in the forest surrounding the landing strip after gunmen fired at their private plane, an aid official said.

U.N. peacekeepers are already working to rescue the Georgian and three Americans who were on the plane, Miel Hendrickson, regional director of the U.S.-based International Medical Corps said, according to The Associated Press. Hendrickson said the peacekeepers are looking for two Congolese IMC staff present in the landing strip during the incident.

The aid workers are part of a team treating victims of rape in remote villages around the mining town of Walikale. The rapes occurred from July 30 to Aug. 1 during rebel attacks in said villages.

Hendrickson told AP that initial reports of the incident indicated that the attackers were members of one of various Mai-Mai rebel groups operating in the area.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.