Hyacinthe Die Vany, 1971 - 2011
Hyacinthe Die Vany, a national of Côte d'Ivoire, was a member of the UN Police for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
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).
Born on 11 September 1971 in Abidjan, Hyacinthe joined MONUSCO in February 2010 and helped train over 500 Congolese National Police Officers.
Those who worked with him said he was hard-working, assiduous, and very committed to his assigned tasks.
“He earned the admiration of the entire chain of command,” said a colleague.
A Gendarme Officer by training, Hyacinthe graduated from the National Gendarmerie School in 2005 and worked for the school as a training instructor prior to joining the Mission.
Hyacinthe is survived by a wife and three children.
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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.