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Official Statement on the Attack on Staff Member

NEW YORK, 8 May 2006 — UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today issued the following statement in reaction to an attack Friday on a UNICEF staff member in Chad during an attempted vehicle theft:

“UNICEF's staff are our most valuable resource, and their safety is a paramount concern.  This incident reminds us of the constant dangers that humanitarian workers face around the world.  It is simply unacceptable that aid workers are attacked or killed while providing life-saving relief and protection to the people they serve.  Every crime against the humanitarian community restricts our ability to help those truly in need.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our wounded staff member."


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For further information, please contact:

Jehane Sedky-Lavandero, UNICEF Media, + 1 212 326 – 7261, jsedky@unicef.org


 

 

 

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