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5 Living after Tragedy: the UN Baghdad Bomb One Year on

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On 19 August 2003, a suicide bomber attacked the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, the results were devastating. Twenty-two people were killed: fifteen United Nations officials - among them the UN special envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello - two NGO representatives, a diplomat, a translator, a contract worker, an unknown person, and author's friend and colleague the human rights lawyer Arthur Helton. About 150 other people, including author, were injured. Author believes that those of who survived the Baghdad attack have a personal incentive to continue to try to uphold the principles of dedicated UN staff members all over the world, especially of those who perished in Baghdad. We must take from this tragic event a renewed sense of commitment to doing whatever small things we can to try to repair our damaged world.

Keywords: Arthur Helton; tragic event; UN Baghdad bomb; United Nations officials



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