A couple of days ago we could read about how a UN volunteer was shot and died in the Ivory Coast. Today we read it was a 34 year old woman by the name of Zahra Abidi from Sweden. She traveled to the Ivory Coast in 2009 and her duties were to collect data and translate all the information to English and send all the reports to New York. Due to a unsafe situations in the country all UN volunteers were sent back home. She did such an amazing job so they asked her to return to the Ivory Coast and work at another position. She hesitated but decided to return to the country and work as an analyst because she felt it was important. March 10th 2011 she returned and one day, while at home, a stray bullet is shot through her window and kills her instantly (paraphrasing Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet). Her parents also stated that it is important not to let her death be in vain or forgotten. As a UNICEF volunteer I feel I need to mention the work of this incredible woman. We think UN workers are safe but in reality they are not. They choose to face danger on a daily basis to make the lives of others better. I hope you read this entry and mention this woman's sacrifice as well as many other people that have given their lives to make this world a better place for the rest of us.
May you rest in peace. You are true heroes and you will not be forgotten! Thank you for everything you have given us and for your continuous work in spite of risking your lives on a daily basis. Bless you Zahra Abidi and all of our fallen friends of the world.
The picture is copied from Aftonbladet.se