Please remember in your prayers the following colleagues who were killed Wednesday, 10 March 2010, in the tragic and senseless attack on our World Vision Pakistan office in Oghi.
Faheem Saleem (male) 23, warehouse assistant, single
Muhammad Ayaz, (male) 27, engineer, single
Zaryab Yousaf (female) 24, programme monitoring and evaluation assistant, single
Liaqat Ali (male) 43, driver, married with six children
Kehkashan Zia Mufti (female), 31, programme officer, single
Jamshaid Ahmed (male) 36, advocacy officer, married with one child
We will have a Partnership-wide Service of Remembrance 17 March 2010 for these staff members. On 17 March, every World Vision office is being asked to gather for 15 minutes to remember these colleagues, their families, our staff, community partners and the other non-governmental organisations that were traumatised by this attack.
Wednesday’s horrific incident in Pakistan was the worst single attack on staff in World Vision’s 60-year history. It warrants Partnership-wide expression of support and solidarity. On 17 March we have an opportunity to demonstrate our unity in both grief and shared commitment for all children to experience life in all its fullness.
We also want to recognise and pray for eight colleagues who were injured in the attack. One had minor injuries and was not sent to hospital. Three are still hospitalised. They are:
Imtiaz John (male) 34, field coordinator (undergoing second surgery on 12 March; his situation is improving)
Munir Ahmed (male) 36, project officer (likely to be released from hospital 12 March)
Mushtabshra Khusboo (female) 27, project officer (undergoing second surgery on 12 March; her situation is stable)
The following colleagues were treated and released from hospital:
Abid Naeem (male) 39, child protection officer
Qazi Ihsanullah Chand (male) 48, child protection officer
Ubaid Ullah (male) 38, engineer assistant
Shahida Sarwar (female) 31, enterprise development officer
Also deeply affected by Wednesday’s tragedy is our staff who witnessed the brutal attack. Although they were not injured, they are deeply traumatised and in need of healing, as is the entire World Vision Pakistan team in Oghi of 37 staff. The communities we serve in Pakistan also are in pain over this tragedy and they need your prayers.
Please make every effort to remember all of our colleagues of World Vision Pakistan now and on 17 March. Our hearts grieve for them, their families and our entire World Vision community at this difficult time.
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It is with deep sadness that our dear colleague Imtiaz John did not survive the serious injuries caused by the attack of Wednesday 10 March in Oghi. While the doctors were reporting on progress and a stable condition yesterday and our National Director Edward Aquino was able to briefly talk to him in a hospital in Islamabad, this morning he passed away, leaving a wife and child and further family behind in deep grief.
Imtiaz joined World Vision in February 2006 and was the Field Coordinator for our Oghi Area Integrated Programme. He was the only Christian among the seven vistims of this hideous attack. The other six members of staff were Muslim.
Please pray for Imtiaz’ wife and 4 months old child and his extended familiy, for whom he was the breadwinner. Continue to pray also for the bereaved families, our full team and our leadership in country, as they struggle to cope with this next blow.