Italy has paid tribute to its ambassador to Congo and his bodyguard who have been killed in an assault on a U.N. convoy
ROME — Italy paid tribute Thursday to its ambassador to Congo and his bodyguard who have been killed in an assault on a U.N. convoy, honoring them with a state funeral and prayers for peace in Congo and all nations “torn by struggle and violence.”
Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the pope’s vicar for Rome, presided over the solemn funeral on the Santa Maria degli Angeli basilica that was attended by Premier Mario Draghi, high lawmakers, representatives of the armed forces and kinfolk of the younger males.
Ambassador Luca Attanasio and Carabiniere paramilitary officer Vittorio Iacovacci have been killed Monday north of Goma when an armed group stopped them as they travelled in a two-car convoy to a World Meals Program faculty feeding venture. WFP’s Congolese driver, Moustapha Milambo, was additionally killed within the assault.
Italy has formally requested the U.N. for an inquiry into what occurred amid questions on whether or not the U.N. safety preparations have been adequate for the mission.
“Allow us to pray collectively that in the present day is a day by which the prayer for peace in Congo and in all nations torn by numerous types of struggle and violence is raised to heaven,” he stated.
He denounced how so many Congolese really feel the fixed risk of hazard from insurgent teams “knocking at their door,” saying the nation had been “cruelly devastated by violence that sees their kids die day by day.”
However he praised the boys for working for peace and searching for others “even at the price of their very own lives.”
“If this the destiny of peace employees, what would be the destiny of the remainder of us?” he requested.
The funeral, carried reside on state RAI tv, featured masked Carabinieri officers as pallbearers and altar servers, with a navy band performing Chopin’s haunting “Funeral March” because the flag-draped coffins have been carried out and in of the basilica.
After the service, the socially-distanced crowd applauded as the 2 hearses pulled out of the piazza carrying the coffins for burial, flanked by a police escort.
Attanasio is survived by his spouse and three younger daughters, a minimum of considered one of whom attended the funeral, in addition to his mother and father and siblings. Iacovacci is survived by his fiancee and different members of the family.