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Doctors Without Borders Still Searching for 3 Kidnapped Staff in DR Congo

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7Dnews London - AFP

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 01:35 GMT

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical charity said Wednesday it was still "mobilised" to find three of its workers who were kidnapped six years ago by militiamen in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nonetheless, "Philippe Bundya Musongelwa, Richard Muhindo Matabishi and Romy Ya-Dunia Ntibanyendera are still missing," MSF reported.

According to MSF's website, only one out of the four abductees, Chantal Kaghoma Vulinzole, managed to be found unharmed. However, the location of the other three, named Philippe Musongelwa, Richard Matabishi, and Romy Ya-Dunia Ntibanyendera, who were abducted together with Vulinzole on July 11th, 2013, is yet to be identified.  

MSF states the kidnapping happened during an attack on Kamango, which was blamed on the Allies Democratic Forces (ADF). Vulinzole, a nurse originally from Goma, was a member of the MSF emergency team that disappeared during a mission to evaluate health facilities in Beni territory. MSF expressed their happiness over her release.

"People are willing to help us, but each time we seem to be close, our contacts report a last-minute obstacle or the people who might have the power to free the hostages do an about-face," said an MSF spokesperson. MSF is still mobilising their resources to get them back.

The ADF, an Islamist militant group that rose to strength in western Uganda in 1995, is blamed for massacring hundreds of civilians and killing United Nations peacekeepers and DR Congo troops.