UN and UNDP pay tribute to the victims of 14 October Attack in Mogadishu

Oct 14, 2018

14 October 2018 Mogadishu. The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Haysom, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director for Somalia, Mr. George Conway, paid tribute to the victims of the bombing in Mogadishu on 14 October 2017, at a commemoration ceremony at the United Nations Compound in the Somali capital city today.

Over 600 people died as a result of the bombing, and over 300 people were injured, in what SRSG Haysom described as the deadliest terrorist attack using Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) ever carried out in Africa. The SRSG paid tribute to the resilient spirit of the Somali people in the face of such attacks.

During the commemoration ceremony, Mr. Conway also paid tribute to UNDP staff member, Faiza Sheikh Mohamud, mother of four, who was killed during the attack.

“The October 14 attack was a tragedy of massive proportions, with national impact, and a sense of national loss, dismay, and outrage. Within UNDP and the UN, we ourselves lost someone very dear and close to our hearts, Faiza Sheikh Mohamud, who was the head of our Front Office, and my Special Assistant.” 

“Today, we commemorate the victims of the attack, stand in solidarity with all Somalis, and condemn the senseless brutality of such attacks on innocent civilians. We honour the memory of Faiza and indeed of all those lost in such attacks, by renewing our commitment to support the Somali people in their efforts to advance Somalia towards peace, reconciliation, justice, stability, and sustainable development for all its citizens," Mr. Conway said.

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