Aid Workers’ House Stoned, Shot at in Zaire
Unidentified attackers stoned a house where 10 foreign aid workers live and fired one shot at the building, raising new security concerns for expatriate workers aiding Rwandan refugees, a U.N. spokesman said Saturday.
None of the workers was injured, said Ray Wilkinson, spokesman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. He said the attack Friday night was the first on the living quarters of any of about 800 foreign aid workers in the Goma area, and “the attack subsided before any harm was done.”
The attack on the CARE home, a tin-roofed bungalow on the shore of Lake Kivu housing one Briton and nine Kenyans, occurred at 8:30 p.m. Friday, said chief CARE official Marc Gagnon. After several stones fell, CARE contacted the Zairian government, which sent a platoon of troops. No arrests were made.
CARE officials said they did not know who the attackers were. In Goma, Zairian soldiers and civilians routinely attack and loot homes.