Casablanca brought them together and shared the humanitarian work .. Zakia Siddiqui, wife of the Italian ambassador who was assassinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Moroccan Zakia Siddiqui, while she was with her husband, Luca Atanasio, the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, founded the “Mama Sophia”, a charity that takes care of street children.
In a report published by the Italian website “TBI”, writer Anna Dita says that Ambassador Atanasio, who died at the age of 43 after being attacked by armed forces while accompanying a United Nations convoy near the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, left behind a widow and 3 girls. .
Atanasio met his wife, who is of Moroccan origin, during his tenure in the diplomatic service in 2015, when he worked as head of a diplomatic mission in Casablanca.
Zakia is fluent in Arabic, French, Italian and English, and worked for a while in a hotel in Morocco.
Atanasio moved with Zakia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 5 years ago, and the wife founded the Mamasofia Association, which carried out many charitable projects to protect children and mothers, in the Congolese capital, and took over its presidency last year. The association provides medical clinics and transportation for cases. Critical. And Atanasio shared her humanitarian message.
The author pointed out that the late Italian ambassador and his wife won the International Peace Prize for Nassiriya last year for his humanitarian efforts in Congo.
Reuters reported that the ambassador and a member of the Italian military police were killed during an attack on the convoy of the World Food Program, during a visit near the Goma region, which is known for many unrest.