Visit of Denis Mukwege, Director of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, to Kristalina Georgieva and Andris Piebalgs: common press conference
Type: Complete press conference
End production: 06/11/2012 First transmission: 06/11/2012
On 6 November 2012, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Kristalina Georgieva, Member designate of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, received the visit of Denis Mukwege, Director of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, at the European Commission in Brussels. On this occasion, Kristalina Georgieva and Andris Piebalgs gave a joint press briefing and, together with Denis Mukwege, answered journalists' questions.
Denis Mukwege is in Brussels following a brutal attack against him on 25 October 2012, in which he was almost killed. A member of his staff lost his life in the incident.
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||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development,Denis Mukwege, Director of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, aat the European Commission in Brussels
||Meeting between Andris Piebalgs and Denis Mukwege (3 shots)
||Arrival of Kristalina Georgieva, Member designate of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and handshake with Denis Mukwege
||Kristalina Georgieva, Denis Mukwege and Andris Piebalgs heading to the meeting room
||Kristalina Georgieva and Denis Mukwege entering the meeting room
||Meeting between Andris Piebalgs, Denis Mukwege and Kristalina Georgieva (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in FRENCH) saying that they received the visit of Denis Mukwege. They wanted to give a strong sign of their support for his outstanding work and his work for the women victims of sexual violence. They pay tribute once again to the doctor for his several years working at the Panzi Hospital to support victims of sexual violences in eastern Congo. They are shocked by what they have just heard and condemn in the strongest terms the assassination attempt against the doctor and his family on 25 October as well as the murder of one of his guards. This crime must not remain unpunished. The perpetrators must be prosecuted and be presented as soon as possible to justice. They appeal to all the people concerned to ensure the safety of Denis Mukwege, his family, his employees and, beyond all, those who work in the shadows and into the light in combating the phenomenon of sexual violences. The European Union is also a leading player in this fight. They will soon launch a new program of € 20 million and they are already working with the Congolese government to really address the root of the problem and obtain a lasting impact on the long term. Thank you.
||Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH): For the past 16 years, Panzi Hospital has been an island of hope and care in a sea of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo for women victims of sexual violence. When I visited it, I saw a 6 year old girl who I thought was there because of her mother but, actually, she was there because she was a rape victim herself. And it is Doctor Mukwege's determination that has made possible for thousands of women to get treatment and a return to dignity. Unfortunately, this year has not been a good year for the Kivus, not a good year for the democratic republic of Congo. The number of internally displaced people has grown by 651000 just in the months of 2012 and, among them, again and again there are women that rely on your care, on your staff. I am heartbroken to know that an attack has been taken against a man who does so much good to people, relieved that you are here, very sorry for the loss of your staff and I can only say that when we meet we always find hope and this is what I am very grateful for. You say that violence brings violence, we have to respond with love and care. Today, we have discussed how we can possibly step up European humanitarian assistance in a way we can also offer more opportunities for women to be self reliant after they come out of your care. I am relieved to know that you intent to go back for that women that count on you and determined that we do more because conditions, unfortunately, demand it for us. Thank you.