EOS Alerts 9-5-2017
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Bandits Kill Park Ranger and Kidnap Two Conservation Workers
Kidnappings on the rise in the DRC
Last week, unknown armed bandits in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) killed a Congolese park rangers and kidnapped two conservation workers, including a French man, when they attacked a convoy of park rangers from South Kivu's Itombwe Reserve and representatives from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WSC) and World Wildlife Fund. The hostages have since been released, with the French Foreign Minister confirmed one of their nationals was free. They did not comment as to whether the $25,000 ransom had been paid or not.
Kidnappings have increased over the past years in the DRC, particularly in the eastern areas. A Human Rights Watch report last year found that at least 175 people were kidnapped for ransom in eastern Congo in 2015. Exercise caution when travelling in rural areas across the DRC. There is a high threat of violence, kidnap and murder. Contract a private security escort with local experience for the purposes of business-critical travel.