13 May 2013
A British Red Cross worker abducted and killed in Pakistan in 2012 has been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal.
Khalil Dale was posthumously awarded the prize by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after three decades devoted to helping people in crisis around the world.
The prize honours exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of a conflict or natural disaster.
“A truly extraordinary person”
Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “Khalil was a truly extraordinary person. He spent over thirty years of his life in the service of others, bringing healthcare to people living in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
“He would have been humbled and no doubt astounded to receive this medal and we are very pleased his work has been recognised with this prestigious award.”
Khalil’s first overseas mission for the Red Cross was in Kenya in 1981. He was given life-time membership of the Kenya Red Cross in recognition of his work during the famine. He went on to work in Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, before his posting to Pakistan with the ICRC. He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1994.
The Florence Nightingale Medal was introduced by the ICRC in 1912, and is presented every two years.
The award is named after the reformer and nursing pioneer nursing Florence Nightingale, whose example inspired Henry Dunant’s to found the ICRC. Previous recipients include Claire Bertschinger who received the award in 1991 for her work in Ethiopia, which inspired the launch of Band Aid.
The Khalil Dale Memorial Fund has been set up to continue Khalil’s legacy.