UN Children’s Fund staffer shot dead in Baghdad
A United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff member was shot dead while driving his car in Baghdad yesterday, sparking mournful tributes to the late father of two who devoted over seven years of his life to improving Iraq’s shattered education infrastructure.
“Janan Jabero was a brilliant engineer and had been a key part of UNICEF’s school rehabilitation programme in Iraq since 1999,” the agency’s country representative Roger Wright said today.
The 52-year-old Iraqi national’s 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 though its 87-member-strong national staff in Iraq.
All UNICEF international staff are based in Amman, Jordan, after they were withdrawn following the 2003 bombing of the UN Baghdad headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 people, including the top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.