World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Sudan: Staffer dies after attack on UN refugee ag.

Staffer gravely wounded in attack on UN refugee compound in south Sudan dies

An Iraqi staffer of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), gravely wounded two weeks ago in an attack on a compound in southern Sudan, died overnight in a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing to 22 the number of UNHCR staff killed in the line of duty since 1990, with many more wounded.

“Once again, the humanitarian community is mourning a friend and colleague who died trying to help others in a place that has already seen far too much sadness and violence,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in paying tribute today to Nabil Bahjat Abdulla, 48.

“For two weeks Nabil fought a courageous battle between life and death, and sadly it was a battle which he lost. And we have lost an excellent and brave colleague.”

Mr. Bahjat Abdulla, a UNHCR logistics officer from Baghdad who leaves behind a wife and four children, was critically wounded on 15 March when two gunmen attacked a compound in Yei, set up to prepare for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees following a peace accord between the Government and southern rebels.

He joined the agency in Iraq in 1991 and was assigned to UNHCR's south Sudan operation last October.

A local guard was killed in the attack. A second guard who was also critically wounded is recovering.

Mr. Guterres asked that UNHCR flags be flown at half-mast and a minute's silence be observed in all offices worldwide at midday today. UNHCR works in 116 countries, often in difficult and dangerous situations.

The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) joined UNHCR in expressing its “profound regret.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ramzy Baroud: Year in Review Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. More>>

ALSO:


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>

ALSO:

Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike.

Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures.

Once upon a time, the Soviet Union was the nightmare threat for the entire Cold War era – and since then the US has cast the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Islamic State in the same demonic role. Iran is now the latest example…More


Catalan Independence:
Pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. More>>