UNITED NATIONS. REMEMBERING OUR BAGHDAD VICTIMS. NADIA YOUNES WEBSITE LAUNCHED.

 

15 OCTOBER 2011

REMEMBERING OUR BAGHDAD VICTIMS. NADIA YOUNES WEBSITE LAUNCHED.

On August 19, more than in any other day, we recall our colleagues, friends and loved ones who paid the ultimate price while performing their U.N. duties on 19 August, 2003, in Baghdad. Eight years have passed, but their loss is still felt; they were amongst the best -- as colleagues and friends. Each one of us remember every one of them in his or her own way, now that official commemoration seems to fade away amidst daily pursuits and newcomers with no institutional memory.

We welcome, therefore, a new website launched by the family of our beloved Nadia Younes. Following in an introductory letter:

"Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is hard to believe that it has been eight years since the U.N. headquarters was bombed in Iraq. On that fateful day in 2003, we lost over 20 of the United Nation's finest individuals. This loss has been felt deeply by many of us, both professionally and personally.

Among those who passed away that day was Nadia Younes, Chief of Staff to Sergio Viera de Mello, the Head of the mission. The Younes family set up a memorial fund in Nadia's name soon after the tragic accident. This fund, at the American University in Cairo, hosts, among other things, an annual lecture which has become a cornerstone of AUC's speaker series. They have welcomed so far Kofi Annan, Bernard Kouchner, Mary Robinson, Jeremy Greenstock, and Amr Moussa.

A recent initiative was the launching of a website which celebrates Nadia's professional achievements. Recently updated to commemorate the anniversary of her passing, the site can be found at www.nadiayounes.com. Please visit the site and take a minute to remember those friends and colleagues who were lost to us on August 19, 2003. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and memories in the website's guest book.

Many thanks,

The Younes Family"