Recommend to Friend

  • Text size Normal size text | Increase text size by 10% | Increase text size by 20% | Increase text size by 30%

UNHCR deplores killing of staff member in eastern Congo

News Stories, 21 May 2012

© MONUC/MarieFrechon

A scene of displaced people in North Kivu province's Rutshuru region. Rocky worked as a field safety adviser in the area for UNHCR.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on Monday deplored the killing of a UNHCR staff member in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rocky Makabuza died on Saturday in the North Kivu provincial capital after sustaining gunshot wounds to his stomach in an attack at his home by unknown assailants on Friday night.

Rocky, who was aged 38, was a field safety assistant for UNHCR at its office in Rutshuru, north of Goma. He was taken to hospital after the shooting, but died of his wounds. Neither the identity of his assailants nor the motives for the attack have been established.

"I deplore the shooting of a colleague and offer my sincere condolences to his family. We do not know who is responsible for Rocky's death or why they attacked him. I hope that the authorities will do their best to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice," said Guterres.

Rocky had been working for UNHCR since 2009. He is survived by his wife and three children.

His death comes at a volatile time in North Kivu, where fighting in recent weeks between government forces and renegade troops has forced large numbers of people to flee their homes, with thousands seeking shelter in neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda.



Conflict in Syria has so far forced thousands of Syrian refugees to cross borders in search of safety. Help us to protect them.

Central African Republic Emergency

Fearing for their lives, hundreds of thousands of families in the Central African Republic have fled their homes, many having witnessed brutal violence. Help us to protect them.

South Sudan Emergency

Violence in the areas bordering Sudan has driven around 201,000 refugees into South Sudan in search of safety. Give refugees hope.

Mali Emergency

Thousands of Malian refugees and IDPs have been forced to abandon their homes in the hope of finding safety in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania. Help us to protect them.

Global Mid-Year Trends Report 2013

2013 was a year of crises, disasters and emergencies. How many refugees were there in the world? See the international facts and figures.