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Words expressed by Hanna Mollan, at the memorial servicefor the six ICRC colleagues who lost their lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

02-05-2001 Statement

Dear Rita,

thank you.

On behalf of all your colleagues and friends in eastern Congo,

thank you for the short and precious time we had in your company.

Thank you for your generosity, for all the compliments you gave to us around you. 

You would praise your colleagues for their efforts until they blushed.

You wouldn't leave our plane without thanking the pilots for a lovely flight, or for a perfect landing. 

You had a beautiful ability to make people feel appreciated.

Coming back from your first trip to Bunia you brought back tiny seedlings of Jacaranda trees. 

You said you would plant them in the garden. 

We shook our heads and suggested that the fragile plants would never grow.

You just smiled, and pointed to suitable places for planting. 

Rita, we want you to know, and we want your family to know that the little episodes we shared with you are engraved in the hearts of every one of us who travelled with you, who laughed with you,

who listened to the radio with you in the morning,

who discussed with you over lunch,

who sat by the lake with you reading a book or philosophising,

who were with you during the last days of your life. 

We guard and treasure these memories.

In your work you were exemplary: professional and compassionate.

You willingly shared the wisdom of your experience with all of us who had the privilege of working with you. 

You had the courage to give of yourself. Now you have given it all.

Rita, we are proud to have known you,

and we miss you.

 Hanna Mollan  

 Communication delegate  

 

   

 Special memorial ceremony,  

 Geneva - May 2, 2001.  

 Speeches  

 ICRC   

 
Jakob Kellenberger  
Gillian Biddulph Ackermann  
Alexis Kabanga  
Juan Martinez  
Hanna Mollan  
Patrick Mueller  
Yacine Sar  

 HCR  

 
Soren Jessen-Petersen  

 Biographies  

 
of our colleagues  

 Press release  

 
April 27, 2001  

 Chronology of activities  

 
The ICRC in Congo (DRC)