International Rescue Committee Releases Names of Victims of Ambush in Afghanistan

    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Rescue
Committee has released the names of its four staff members who were tragically
killed in an ambush Wednesday morning in Logar Province Afghanistan. They are:

    Mohammad Aimal, 25, of Kabul, Afghanistan. He had worked as a driver for
the International Rescue Committee since 2002.

    Shirley Case, 30, of Williams Lake, British Columbia. She joined the IRC
on June 8 in Afghanistan to manage education programs designed to meet the
needs of children with disabilities.

    Nicole Dial, 30, a dual citizen of Trinidad and the United States. Her
permanent residence was in Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. She joined the
IRC May 21 in Afghanistan as a coordinator in the agency's programs for

    Jacqueline (Jackie) Kirk, Ph.D., 40, of Outrement, Quebec, a dual citizen
of Canada and the United Kingdom. An education-programs technical advisor, she
had worked for the IRC since 2004. She provided support for the agency's
children's education programs worldwide.

    A second Afghan driver employed by the IRC was seriously wounded in the
attack and has been hospitalized.

    The victims were en route to Kabul and traveling in a clearly marked
International Rescue Committee vehicle when they came under fire at

    "We are stunned and profoundly saddened by this tragic loss," said George
Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee. "These extraordinary
individuals were deeply committed to aiding the people of Afghanistan,
especially the children who have seen so much strife. Words are inadequate to
express our sympathy for the families and loved ones of the victims and our
devoted team of humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan."

    The IRC has been working in Afghanistan for 20 years, providing
lifesaving aid and recovery assistance to the Afghan people. As of July, the
staff comprised 531 Afghans and 11 expatriates.

    The IRC has suspended operations in Afghanistan indefinitely.

    The agency carries out humanitarian relief and development programs in 42
countries and operates a network of refugee resettlement offices in 24 cities
in the United States. It has headquarters in New York, London, Brussels and


For further information:

For further information: Melissa Winkler of the IRC, +1-646-734-0305,,

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