DRC : murder of 2 UN workers, YARPTI calls for investigation
A Swedish aid worker who was abducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found dead, the Foreign Ministry and the United Nations confirmed on Wednesday.
36-year-old Zaida Catalán was found dead with an American colleague and their Congolese interpreter.
YARPTI has called on the DRC authorities to go into full investigation so as to fish out the perpetrators. The experts and four Congolese nationals accompanying them were kidnapped two weeks ago in the conflict-ridden province of Kasaï-Central, where they had gone to investigate reported human rights abuses. The group was investigating and documenting human rights violations in the area, which has been seen violent conflicts since government forces last year killed local militia Kamwina Nsapu. Since then, hundreds of people have been killed in the unrest as tribal leaders have rebelled against the central government.
The bodies of Catalán and her colleague Michael Sharp were taken to a morgue at the airport of the provincial capital Kananga.