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UNHCR Statement on the murder of a staff member in Mogadishu, Somalia

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UNHCR Statement on the murder of a staff member in Mogadishu, Somalia

14 December 2015

It is with great sadness that UNHCR has learned of the killing of one of our colleagues, Amina Noor Mohamed, this afternoon in Mogadishu, Somalia. Amina was shot by unknown gunmen while travelling in a private vehicle driven by a staff member from a UNHCR partner organization who also lost his life in the attack.

Amina had been working as Senior Community Services Assistant with UNHCR in Mogadishu since 2011. She leaves behind her husband and two children, aged 2 years and 3 months. UNHCR's Representative in Mogadishu and other colleagues are in contact with the surviving family and are extending all possible support to them. A minute of silence will be held in Amina's memory at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva at 11 am tomorrow.

"While the details of this senseless act of violence are still being investigated, it serves as another stark reminder of the dangers many humanitarian workers face in their daily work. On behalf of all UNHCR staff, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences and solidarity to Amina's family, friends and to our entire team in Somalia, as well as those of our fallen NGO colleague," United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said.