UNHCR - Remembering our colleagues Nadia, Jessica and Jackson

Our collaborators pay the final price trying to protect people in some of the most challenging places in which UNHCR operates. Read about her life here.


Nadia Adam Abaker Ali

Nadia Adam Abaker Ali

Nadia Adam Abaker Ali during the Independence Day celebrations, Sudan, January 2018. © UNHCR / Igor Ciobanu

The qualities given by Nadia Adam Abaker Ali, 40, for her work in keeping refugees displaced with war – especially children and women – safe in Darfur, Sudan, are among the qualities of love, compassion and great smile.

“Nadia was one of the most difficult and enthusiastic colleagues,” says Jyldyz Moldalieva, a defense officer who worked with her in Nyala, Sudan.

“She was truly humanistic with a loving and compassionate heart who worked hard to make a difference in the lives of refugees, especially women and children of refugees.” T

Nadia began working with UNHCR in 2010 in Nyala, as a Community Services Assistant, assisting Sudanese who fled the war in Darfur. Since 2012, thousands of refugees, women and children have joined the front line, from the crises that have occurred in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan.

"She was truly humanistic with a loving and compassionate heart."

She was responsible for ensuring that refugees were safe from sexual and gender-based violence and received appropriate basic services. It ensured that child refugees registered from RCE in primary and secondary schools where they could gain recognized qualifications and, crucially, an opportunity to build a future.

“Nadia was more than just a colleague. She was a sister for everyone and your great friend, ”says Moldalieva. “She was always caring for the people around her, and she was always happy to provide any support needed and comfort.” T

With a degree in health sciences, Nadia used her expertise to strengthen the medical referral system for refugees, ensuring that everyone received timely and high quality attention and were treated with dignity and fairness.

Darfur left the daily challenges facing him homeless. It was recognized for its good judgment, exceptional performance and professionalism, and for always making recommendations for actions for those in its care. Last October, she was promoted as Assistant Defense Officer.

Nadia worked as an Arab as a health specialist in Nyala and Khartoum before joining UNHCR. She leaves behind a husband and daughter, who is six years old.

“Nadia touched the heart of everybody she worked with,” says Moldalieva. “She will be remembered as a positive and nervous person with a great smile that would not leave others indifferent.”

Jessica Hyba

Jessica Hyba

Jessica Hyba in Kawergosk camp in northern Iraq, 2013. © UNHCR / Facebook photo of Jessica Hyba

It has been generous, dedicated and enthusiastic to help those most in need, Canada Jessica Hyba, 43, has been working as Senior External Liaison Officer with UNHCR in Mogadishu since February.

Seeking an assignment in one of the most difficult countries in which the UNHCR is involved was Jessica, colleagues, who recalls her energy, determination and dedication to help the most vulnerable.

“Jessica wanted to enter the deep park and difficult duty stations and high-risk duty stations,” she recalls Julia Schtivelman-Watt, head of service for tasks and talent mobilization at UNHCR. “She certainly liked a challenge, but most wanted to get closer to the beneficiaries, where the work is very relevant.” T

Jessica was brought to Somalia when the country is trying to overcome almost thirty years of civil war and displacement, Jessica has been tasked with managing relationships with managers, reporting on the needs and impact of UNHCR operations and encouraging support.

She joined UNHCR in Iraq in 2013, where she received great praise for her exceptional contribution to helping Syrian refugees, and internally displaced Iraqis, during an intense period of rolling emergencies. Jessica later moved to UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, where she continued to work on the Middle East and North Africa. Afterwards she moved to human resources, where she is remembered for her conscience, her ability to always see the positive, and to promote interns.

“What are the global needs of more people like Jess … We all need to act as she did.” T

“She felt very much about her conditions of service,” recalls Schtivelman-Watt, noting how Jessica initiated a dialogue that led to a new policy that enables UNHCR to offset some of the costs incurred by interns. “She certainly didn't go up on anything… She was always able to cope and make sure everything was done.” T

Jessica's dedication to humanitarian work in years ago. She earned a master's degree in public policy from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Prior to joining UNHCR, Jessica had a long and distinguished service with Care Canada, Care International and UNICEF. She leaves behind the close family, including two daughters, who are nine years old and 12 years old, who had an incredible love for her.

“Jess's greatest happiness and achievement was her two daughters,” reminds her friend and colleague George Ghikas. “They meant everything to her. She always put them first. Preventing them with hugs and love. ”

She and other friends remember Jessica as “a natural force, the glue that tied her friends together and the life and soul of any social collections.” They list other characteristics that included empathy, organizational skills and leadership, humor and humor. They remember how she liked exploring the outside with her girls, on nature and camping trips, especially in Canada and France.

“Jess got out of the world by helping people, helping refugees. She was generous, organizer, tenderer, and this came to the fore in her choice of life. We are proud.

“What are the global needs of more people like Jess. When Jess is lost in such a tragic way, she reminds us of this. We all have to expect to act as she did. She will be greatly missed. ”

Jackson Musoni

Jackson Musoni

Jackson offers Musoni with two of his three children, December 2018. © Courtesy of Huguette Debets

There was very fun, fun, down to earth, and ready to go the extra mile to help those in need of qualifications requirements defined Rwandan Jackson Musoni, 31.

He joined UNHCR in 2014, in Butare, Rwanda. Colleagues at the field office in Huye, in the south of the country, remember that he is so passionate about the work and that he is always ready to go over and beyond, especially to help children.

“When he came across an unaccompanied minors, he accepted the case, handing the child and going to the office to ensure that colleagues gave priority to registration,” recalls Marie Claire Umutoniwase, a program associate. 39; worked with Jackson three years ago.

“He was very deep and spoke to everyone, from the most senior officials to the support team. He interacted with everyone in a fun and luxurious way, ”she says, noting that it was“ very ambitious, trying to learn as much as possible from everyone. ”

Working in Rwanda as an Senior Defense Assistant, Jackson received advice and advice on Congolese refugees who came to Kigeme camp, where he recognized and supported those who were very vulnerable, including children and survivors of sexual violence. It was recognized for its high level of integrity, respect and professionalism.

"Jackson was truly humanist … who remains to seek forever."

From the end of 2017, Jackson worked as Associate Field Coordinator in East Darfur of Sudan, where his colleagues recall how he started every day greeting everyone from the security guards at the gate up to staff and Visitors around the field office.

“Every individual in East Darfur believes that a sudden unexpected death in a vacuum that never can be filled,” says his colleague Mohamed Ali.

“All agencies think that Jackson was part of their team and that Jackson is a real humanitarian worker who will continue to seek forever in the operation of East Darfur.” T

From 2011 to 2014, Jackson worked on behalf of the Rwanda Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

A graduate in international relations from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Jackson had a Masters degree in law and political science from Mount Kenya University in Kigali, Rwanda.

His friend and colleague Steve Nzaramba remembers his hard work and enthusiasm, and his skill on the basketball court in Rwanda.

“It was a lively and lively person… who had a smile on his face and only a wonderful person,” he says. “It will be lost greatly. The court shall not be the same without it. ”

On the close family he leaves after there are three children, eight years of age, five and four years of age.

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