On March 12th the United Nations along with the Congolese government confirmed that six people including an American aid worker, Michael Sharp and his Swedish counter-part, Zahida Katalan were kidnapped in the Kasai Central province of the Congo where bloody skirmishes within the region graduated to near genocidal levels in February.
Three bodies have been found and among the dead are two white bodies. Unconfirmed initial reporting identified them as the Michael Sharp and Zahida Katalan.
Renewed bloody conflict broke out between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and DRC troops in the Kasai Central province in early February, prompting the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to send in U.N. aid workers to mitigate a peaceful resolution.
This was the first time U.N. aid workers had been kidnapped in the Congo.