Jean-Robert Exile, 1965 - 2011
Jean-Robert Exile, a national of Haiti, worked as a Facilities Assistant for the United Nations Organization 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 when it crashed at about 1:30 p.m. as it tried to land amid heavy rain and high winds, at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa (DRC).
Jean-Robert first started working for the United Nations in Haiti, and served the various UN Missions there (UNMIH/MICAH/MIPONUH) from 1995 until 2001. He joined MONUSCO in 2002.
An electrician by training, Jean-Robert graduated from the Université G.O.C. in Port-au-Prince with a degree in electro-technology. He pursued further studies in his field at the Mathurin School and Canadian Technical School, both located in Port-au-Prince.
In a memorial service held on 9 April in Kinshasa, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roger Meece said, "Those who died were drivers, medical doctors, administrators, security and logistics officers, humanitarian workers, policemen, soldiers. We know their smiles, their songs and dreams. We remember what they stood for and what they believed in.”
Jean-Robert is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.
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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.