Augustin Kasonga Tshibangila, a national of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was an airplane logistics assistant for the World Food Programme (WFP) in the DRC.
He died on 4 April 2011 aboard a UN plane which had been on a flight from the north-eastern city of Kisangani. The plane crashed as it tried to land amid heavy rain and high winds, at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa (DRC).
In the last six years, Augustin had been working with various international aid organizations in the field of humanitarian affairs. He had been a deminer with Handicap International. He then served as a warehouse keeper and logistics assistant with Aviation sans frontières Belgique, a non-profit organization. He moved on to work as logistician for the Aviation Sans Frontières France. Aviation Sans Frontières had a partnership with WFP.
Augustin was fluent in French, Kiswahili and Lingala. He studied political science and administration at the Institut universitaire des sciences sociales philosophie et lettres in Kinshasa, DRC.
Augustin is survived by his wife, five sons and a daughter.
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The above tribute was first published on iSeek (the UN's Intranet) using information provided by field missions, the Departments of Peacekeeping and Field Support and OHRM, as well as comments shared by colleagues in conversations, email messages, and media accounts.