International Rescue Committee Releases Names of Victims of Ambush in Afghanistan

NEW YORK, (RUSHPRNEWS)Aug. 14, 2008 — The International Rescue Committee has released the names of its four staff members who were tragically killed in an ambush Wednesday morning in Logar Province Afghanistan.

They are:

Mohammad Aimal, 25, of Kabul, Afghanistan. He had worked as a driver
for the International Rescue Committee since 2002.

Shirley Case, 30, of Williams Lake, British Columbia. She joined the
IRC on June 8 in Afghanistan to manage education programs designed to meet
the needs of children with disabilities.

Nicole Dial, 30, a dual citizen of Trinidad and the United States. Her
permanent residence was in Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. She joined
the IRC May 21 in Afghanistan as a coordinator in the agency’s programs for
children.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Kirk, Ph.D., 40, of Outrement, Quebec, a dual
citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom. An education-programs technical
advisor, she had worked for the IRC since 2004. She provided support for
the agency’s children’s education programs worldwide.

A second Afghan driver employed by the IRC was seriously wounded in the
attack and has been hospitalized.

The victims were en route to Kabul and traveling in a clearly marked
International Rescue Committee vehicle when they came under fire at
mid-morning.

“We are stunned and profoundly saddened by this tragic loss,” said
George Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee. “These
extraordinary individuals were deeply committed to aiding the people of
Afghanistan, especially the children who have seen so much strife. Words
are inadequate to express our sympathy for the families and loved ones of
the victims and our devoted team of humanitarian aid workers in
Afghanistan.”

The IRC has been working in Afghanistan for 20 years, providing
lifesaving aid and recovery assistance to the Afghan people. As of July,
the staff comprised 531 Afghans and 11 expatriates.

The IRC has suspended operations in Afghanistan indefinitely.

The agency carries out humanitarian relief and development programs in
42 countries and operates a network of refugee resettlement offices in 24
cities in the United States. It has headquarters in New York, London,
Brussels and Geneva.

SOURCE International Rescue Committee