Gunmen attack anti-rape doctor Denis Mukwege
BBC News - October 26, 2012
Unknown gunmen have tried to kill a Congolese doctor widely praised for his work helping rape victims, he has told the BBC.
One of his security guards was shot dead in the attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Bukavu.
Dr Mukwege has won several awards for his work.
Human rights campaigners have accused several armed groups operating in eastern DR Congo of using rape as a weapon of war.
Last week, one hospital in the region said it had recorded 5,000 cases of rape this year.
In 2010, UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict Margot Wallstrom said the country was the "rape capital of the world".
Four armed men broke into Dr Mukwege's home and waited for him to return home, says PMU, a Swedish religious organisation which works with the Panzi hospital founded by the doctor.
They then shot at and narrowly missed the gynaecologist before fleeing in his car, which they soon abandoned.
"They wanted to kill me," Dr Mukwege told BBC Afrique, adding that his work had angered some people in the region.
"It upsets them when we denounce their crimes," he said.
Numerous armed groups have been operating in eastern DR Congo for almost 20 years.
The latest unrest broke out in April and has forced some 500,000 people from their homes.
DRC: Famours gynecologist flee to Burundi
By editor On 29 Oct, 2012 At 03:42 PM
By Josephine Lukoya
Violently assaulted last Thursday by armed men, Dr. Denis Mukwege was “evacuated” Saturday Bukavu Burundi, according to Reynders, Sunday, Oct. 28 at the newspaper Le Soir.
“He has left (DRC) and he is in Bujumbura with his wife and two daughters. He’s accompanied by our ambassador “in Burundi, Jozef Smets has added Reynders
Speaking to Belga news agency in a telephone conversation in the morning, the famous gynecologist, Director of the Panzi hôpitale is not excluded to seek refuge in Belgium.” Reynders also assured that the Belgian Embassy in DRC would “closely monitor the investigation.”
Friday, Didier Reynders had called “the Congolese authorities to do everything in their power to ensure the safety of Dr. Mukwege to quickly introduce the perpetrators of this attack to justice.”