International Rescue Committee Releases Names of Victims of Ambush in Afghanistan

Aug 13, 2008, 01:00 ET from International Rescue Committee

    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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
     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
     "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
     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