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UN High Commissioner for Refugees deplores shooting of UNHCR staff member in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Publisher UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Publication Date 21 May 2012
Cite as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN High Commissioner for Refugees deplores shooting of UNHCR staff member in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 21 May 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fbb54cc2.html [accessed 21 August 2014]

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has expressed great sadness at the killing of a UNHCR staff member who died on Saturday morning in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Rocky Kalume Makabuza sustained gun shot wounds to his stomach in an attack at his home by unknown assailants on Friday at around 20:45 pm local time.

Rocky, who was aged 38, was a Field Safety Assistant for UNHCR at its office in Rutshuru. He was taken to hospital after the shooting, but succumbed to his wounds. Neither the identity of his assailants nor the motives for the attack have been established.

"I deplore the shooting of a colleague and offer my sincere condolences to his family. We do not know who is responsible for Rocky's death or why they attacked him. I hope that the authorities will do their best to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice," said Guterres.

Rocky had been working for UNHCR since 2009. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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