(ANSA) - Perugia, December 30 - An Italian couple stuck in
the Democratic Republic of Congo with their adopted children
told ANSA Monday they were "in danger" as gunfire erupted at
state TV and radio headquarters and the airport in the capital
"The rebels have occupied the TV station in Kinshasa and
are taking hostages. Shots have been fired at the airport, which
is closed. We fear for our lives and our children," said Enrico,
whose last name was not made available and did not appear to be
in any imminent danger of violence.
"I beg you to help us implore the Italian foreign ministry
to help us come home.
For a month and a half, 23 Italian families have been
prevented to return to Italy with their adopted Congolese
children after the government announced a suspension of
adoptions to several countries.
The move was sparked by reports of some Congolese children
being adopted by gay or single parents, which is not allowed in
While the cause of the attacks Monday was not clear, two
gunmen appeared on state TV to deliver a political message
against President Joseph Kabila's government, according to media
The information ministry has said the situation is now
under control after military intervention.
(photo: Congolese soldiers)