They broke my ankles

Mr. Mola Eddy, member of MIRGEC (Independent Movement for the Recognition of Congolese Genocide), was subjected to several violent deportation attempts before he was eventually deported on 20 June 2012. At each attempt he was mistreated by his Belgian escorts. As a result, several complaints were made and the MIRGEC released an official statement (here). Throughout his deportation on 20 June he was accompanied by Belgian police officers, all the way to Kinshasa.
At a stopover in Nairobi he fell following an altercation with his escort. When he arrived in Kinshasa he was taken to hospital to be treated for broken bones in both his feet.
As of 04 july he remains hospitalised in Kinshasa, but he can’t continue with the interview as he feels he can no longer speak freely. Here is the first part of the interview and a photo taken at the hospital that he sent us.

Ils m’ont cassé les chevilles


Tell me, how did it happen?

At the airport, first of all we were in the medical wing to eat with the priest. There were lots of security people there; they had really brought in the heavies. On the aeroplane there was a woman who gagged me; she trapped me from my spine to my neck. She lowered my head against the seat. I couldn’t breathe…

Eventually they let me breathe again… we arrived in Bujumbura…
I said no, I don’t want to go back but they didn’t want to hear it. Once we arrived in Kenya I was subjected to more fighting and wrestling, but I didn’t want to.

As soon as I tried to get away from them they blocked me in from all sides, I slipped on the tarmac and I broke both feet at the ankles. I am supposed to go before the Tribunal on the 21st but they came earlier to take me away.

They came to take you away the day before you were to appear before the tribunal?

Yeah yeah they said they don’t care about that and they don’t know anything about it. I said no…I heard about it, they took away my telephone, they have isolated me.

Was it Brussels Airport where they beat you up?

It was at Brussels airport.

On the runway at Brussels airport, that’s where they broke your legs?

No at Nairobi. It was Belgian police officers. There were four of them, one a woman. The woman treated me like a criminal.

So you flew from Brussels to Nairobi and then from Nairobi to Kinshasa?

No, from Brussels to Bujumbura, from Bujumbura to Nairobi, from Nairobi to Brazzaville, and from Brazzaville to Kinshasa.

And throughout the journey from Nairobi to Kinshasa your legs were broken?

Yes yes.

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