A 51 year old Italian doctor, Rita Fossaceca, has been murdered and three others injured during an armed robbery yesterday (28 November).
The 51 year old had been volunteering for the forLIFE charity.
She died in the house she had been staying in at Mijomboni, which is situated less than 20 miles inland from the resorts of Malindi and Watamu, the Italian foreign ministry confirmed today.
The injured Italians are reported to be Fossaceca’s parents and another relative. Italian media have reported that the doctor was shot dead after trying to defend her mother from a machete attack and that the injured Italians were her parents and another relative.
Ms Fossaceca, a radiologist from Novara in northern Italy, was working as part of a team which is in the process of establishing an orphanage and a clinic in Mijomboni.
The charity is also working to promote alternatives to coming-of-age ceremonies which often involve female genital mutilation.
“My sincere condolences and thoughts go to the family of Signora Fossaceca, a woman who was loved and respected for her profound dedication and commitment to helping the weak, the sick and the women of Africa.”
– Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni
During this, her latest trip to Kenya, she had only been in the country for the last three weeks, and in her final post on the NGO’s site, she described buying a cow for the orphanage.
“Sometimes things happen that are inexplicable. She paid with her life for her love of children.” – Fellow volunteer Marcello Stoppa, writing on the forLIFE website