Dr Mukwege at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DR Congo. Photo: The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation/Annika Flensburg.
Dr Mukwege at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DR Congo. The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and Dr Mukwege work together in the battle against sexual violence. Photo: The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation/Annika Flensburg.

Dr Mukwege attacked by armed men

2012-10-26

On the evening of October 25th, activist and surgeon Dr Denis Mukwege was attacked by armed men outside his home in Bukavu, DR Congo. Dr Mukwege is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital, which specialises in the treatment of survivors of sexual violence.

The security guard on duty was killed, but Dr Mukwege narrowly escaped the bullets, reports the organization PMU (Pingstmissionens Utvecklingssamarbete) that works with Panzi Hospital. The armed men fled from the scene in Dr Mukwege’s car. Their identities are still unknown.

For more information on the attack see PMU’s press release.

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has worked with Dr Mukwege against sexual violence for several years. Dr Mukwege appears in The Kvinna till Kvinna’s documentary Women’s war.

Lena Ag, Secretary General of The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, has sent the following letter to Dr Mukwege:

Dear Dr Mukwege,

It is with horror and disgust we learn about the recent attack against you and your family, and we condemn this violence in the strongest way possible. We urge the Congolese government to find the culprits and to take them to court.

We hope that you and your family will soon recover from this awful experience and we express our solidarity and support to you and to your hard working staff at the Panzi hospital in the extremely important work that you all do.

The world has to engage and do more to stop the atrocities that continue to plague eastern Congo. Only when peace and security is sustainable can the wounds from the war heal and development take place. If there is anything we can do to support you in this dire situation, do not hesitate to let us know.

In solidarity and deepest respect,

Lena Ag