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US remembers Muchucha on Humanitarian Day

19 August 2014, 19:00

Nairobi - The United States has paid tribute to Rita Wairimu Muchucha, the Kenyan United Nations Development Programme official, who was killed during an attack on a UN compound in Somalia last year.

Secretary of State, John Kerry, paid tribute on Tuesday as his country marked World Humanitarian Day.

"We remember one Kenyan, five Somali, and two South African nationals killed at their UN compound in Mogadishu," said Kerry in a statement.

Muchucha, who was an operations manager of the UNDp, was among several people killed after A vehicle rigged with explosives was detonated outside the gate of the United Nations Common Compound in Mogadishu last June.

Gunfire and explosions wrecked the compound after attackers entered the facility on foot.

Thirteen other people were also killed, including six civilians and seven Al-Shabab attackers.

Meanwhile, Kerry said across 30 countries last year, 155 aid workers lost their lives.

"These men and women gave everything they had for those who have nothing. Today, we recommit to their mission of bringing charity, healing, and kindness to those who need it most. We remember the universal principles they gave their lives to uphold," he said.

Kerry said as the world's largest donor of humanitarian assistance, the US remained steadfast in its commitment to doing everything we can to provide for humanitarians' safety and security.

"But today of all days, we remember the men and women who pay the ultimate price as a result of their devotion," he said.

 - CAJ


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