The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said this Monday that one of its staff members, Amina Noor Mohamed, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Somalia’s capital city. Mohamed, who had been working as a senior community services assistant with the agency in Mogadishu since 2011, was attacked while traveling in a car driven by a staff member from a UNHCR partner organization, who was also killed.
“While the details of this senseless act of violence are still being investigated, it serves as another stark reminder of the dangers many humanitarian workers face in their daily work. On behalf of all UNHCR staff, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences and solidarity to Amina’s family, friends and to our entire team in Somalia,” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in the statement.
Mohamed is survived by her husband and two young children. A minute of silence will be held in her memory at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva at 11 a.m. local time Tuesday.