Annemarie Desloges, a 29-year-old Canadian public servant, was killed in the terrorist attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday.
She began her public service career in 2008. She was stationed in Delhi before she went to Kenya two years ago, according to Geoffrey York, Africa correspondent for the Globe and Mail.
She was shopping with her husband, Robert Munk, who was injured but survived, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper released a statement mourning the loss: “The hearts and prayers of all Canadians go out to the families and friends of all those affected by this senseless tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to those suffering the loss of Annemarie Desloges, one of our diplomats who has died in the attack.”
He said Desloges was “a distinguished public servant.”
She worked with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration in Canada’s High Commission to Kenya. She was a liason officer with the Canada Border Services Agency. Desloges was one of two Canadian casualties in the attack. Details on the second casualty have not been released.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and other elected officials released a statement paying tribute to public servants like Desloges, who serve “because they believe in the cause of humanity.”
“They believe that their work will better the lives of many at home and around the world. They believe in the values that Canada represents,” the statement read. “We have no doubt that Annemarie touched the lives of many, and it is for that, that she will always be remembered.”
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