Augustinian-Assumptionist priests who were kidnapped in October 2012 in the Democratic Republic of Congo are still missing
It is now a year since gunmen kidnapped three Augustinian Assumptionist priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The three were Congolese nationals. They were Fathers: Jean Pierre Ndulani, Anselme Wasikundi and Edmond Bamutute. They were kidnapped on October 19th 2012 at their parish of Our Lady of the Poor situated near the town of Beni in North Kivu. Their whereabouts and the identity of the kidnappers are still unknown. North Kivu has been insecure since 1994. Different armed groups, some fighting the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and others fighting neighbouring countries are using it as a base to launch attacks. From October last year to day 800 people have been kidnapped in that area. Local people say the kidnappers are usually Mai-Mai militias, various Congolese rebel movements, and Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda. Some of the kidnappings are politically motivated while others are carried out for revenge and for ransom.