Update: Violence Claims Life of ADRA Worker
in Democratic Republic of Congo
Second ADRA Worker Safe After Deadly Kidnapping


ollowing the September 30 kidnapping of two aid workers of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that left one of them dead, more information has emerged surrounding that event, according to agency officials. 

On the day of the attack, gunmen targeted a convoy of cars traveling from a supervisory visit to an ADRA shelter construction project site in the province of South Kivu. The driver of the ADRA vehicle, Shomari Bisahe Jules, managed to escape his captors and is now safe, according to Romain Kenfack, country director for ADRA DRC East. However, the assistant construction manager, 34-year-old Rwimo Bugaga Boss Kayamba, was severely beaten and later died from his injuries after crawling approximately 1.8 miles (3 km) to the nearest village to seek help. His wife and five children, the youngest of which is 1 month old, survive Kayamba.

HAPPIER TIMES: Fil photo shows ADRA workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during safer times. One ADRA woker was killed and another injured during recent violence there. [Photo:ADRA]
“Boss (Kayamba) died while assisting the most vulnerable of people, helping to rebuild their lives,” said Kenfack. “He will be deeply missed.”

Kayamba was buried next to his father, who was also a victim of armed violence. Since the beginning of the year, 22 attacks have targeted aid groups in South Kivu.

ADRA has been active in the DRC since the mid-1990s, and has provided support for returning refugees in Uvira and north Fizi through the distribution of shelters, non-food items, the advocacy of land tenure rights, and a partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to build health clinics and schools.

ADRA is present in 125 countries, providing community development and emergency management without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race, or ethnicity.
While tragic, the violence that hit the ADRA workers is far from unique in the DRC, writes Dan Wooding, a veteran Christian journalist and founder of ASSIST News Service.

“Over five million people have died during the past decade as a result of the war in the DRC,” Wooding wrote in commenting on the ADRA tragedy. “Few people are aware of the unimaginable scale of human suffering, death, and destruction that has occurred in this vast country deep in the heart of Africa.”

For more information on this story, read our initial report,

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