The flags are at half mast at the European Commission in Brussels on Tuesday. The tribute of the twenty-seven to Luca Attanasio, Ambassador of Italy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The diplomat died assassinated yesterday in the region of Goma, North Kivu, along with his bodyguard and his driver, also executed while traveling with a convoy of the World Food Program (WFP).

Kinshasa accuses the Hutu rebels of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), charges rejected by the latter.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:

“The Secretary-General calls on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to promptly investigate this heinous crime which targeted a joint United Nations mission, and to bring the perpetrators to justice”, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. “He reaffirms that the United Nations will continue to support the Congolese government and people and their efforts to establish peace and stability, in particular in the east of the country.”

Luca Attanasio was 43 years old. Arriving in the DRC in 2017, he was one of the youngest Italian ambassadors. In Limbiate, in Lombardy, where he was originally from, we often know the young man he was.

“He was a man who dreamed and made his dreams come true. In fact, he left young, he studied at the diplomatic academy. He succeeded, so for us it is a pride.“, says Antonio Romeo, the mayor of the town.

The North Kivu region, where he lived, is one of the most dangerous sectors in the DRC, in particular due to the presence of armed groups. A violence fueled by the extreme wealth of minerals and wood in this part of the country.

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