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UNICEF Mourns Staff Member Killed in Iraq

AMMAN, 9 January 2007 - UNICEF today confirms that staff member Mr. Janan Jabero has been killed in Iraq. Initial reports from local authorities indicate that Mr. Jabero, a 52 year-old Iraqi national, was shot while driving his car in Baghdad.  He is survived by his wife and two children.

Roger Wright, UNICEF Representative for Iraq, says: “Janan Jabero was a brilliant engineer and had been a key part of UNICEF’s school rehabilitation programme in Iraq since 1999. His death has cost Iraq’s children a staunch advocate and we deeply mourn his loss.”

UNICEF continues to work throughout Iraq supporting basic health, education and social services. The organization’s mission is to promote and protect the rights of Iraqi children, and bring them the essentials of a better life.

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About UNICEF
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:

Claire Hajaj, UNICEF Iraq (Support Centre in Amman)
Tel: +962 7969 26190, chajaj@unicef.org


 

 

 

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10 January 2007:
UNICEF Representative for Iraq Roger Wright pays tribute to staff member Janan Jabero, who was killed earlier this month.
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10 January 2007:
UNICEF Representative Roger Wright talks about UNICEF’s challenging work in the midst of the conflict in Iraq.
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