29 April 2012
Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, has issued the following statement on the death of Khalil Dale (pictured):
"Khalil Dale has been a committed member of the Red Cross Red Crescent family for the last 30 years. He was a gentle, kind person, who devoted his life to helping others, including some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
"We condemn his abduction and murder in the strongest possible terms. It not only robs him of his life, and his family and co-workers of their loved one and friend – it robs the people he was helping of the expert care they need. Care workers like Khalil, and his colleagues in dangerous places all over the world, should be allowed to work free from threats of abduction and violence.
"Khalil first worked overseas for the Red Cross in 1981 in Kenya, distributing food and improving the health of people affected by severe drought. He also worked in Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, before his posting to Pakistan with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
"In other words, he did not shy away from the tough assignments, in the name of improving the lives of others. He was a brave man who had the utmost respect of his colleagues in the Red Cross and in the humanitarian world generally.
"We ask the media to continue to respect the privacy of Khalil’s family at this difficult time, particularly in the way the terrible news is reported. We have worked hard to support them from the start of this ordeal and will continue to do so. Please give them the space they need to grieve for a remarkable man.
"He was our friend, and we miss him greatly."
You can read or add tributes to Khalil on the British Red Cross Facebook page, and hear this personal tribute to Khalil Dale on BBC Radio 4, or donate to the Khalil Dale memorial fund. You can choose to apply Gift Aid to your donation, which will go to the British Red Cross.