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  • Writer's picturePatrick Cokola


Updated: May 22, 2020

On Saturday 10th August 2019, a small boat carrying what is estimated at over 110 people sailed from the island of Idjwi to Bukavu. Tragedy struck as the boat, dangerously overloaded, hit a rock and led to the collapse of the vessel. A significant number of citizens died in the accident. The remaining survivors managed to make it, through grit and ingenuity, on shore.

65 were taken in by Maroy Foundation Hospital, 10 by Hôpital Provincial Général de Référence de Bukavu, and 22 to la Clinique Médicale de Bukavu of Université officielle de Bukavu.

Maroy Foundation Hospital managed to save the lives of the seriously injured and mentally shocked patients and provide them with vital medical care. We were honoured with the presence of His Excellency the honourable Govenor Théo Ngwabidje Kasi and His Excellency Claude Sweddy Basila, Minister of Transportation who commended the work, compassion and patriotism of our hospital, doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly to ensure the remaining survivors were cared for. The honourable Minister of Transportation stated “without the work of Maroy Foundation, more lives would have been lost.”

His Excellency the honourable Governor paid his respects to the fallen, took various questions from the victims, offered his sincere condolences to the survivors of the accident, and vowed to implement new, wide-ranging legislative measures in order to prevent such an incident occurring again.

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