John Shebitu Mbembo
John Shebitu Mbembo, a national of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, worked for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
He joined MONUSCO in 2009 and worked as a nurse.
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).
John graduated from the Institut supérieur des techniques médicales de Bukavu in 2002 with a diploma in medical studies.
Prior to joining the Mission, John worked for the Hôpital Général de Référence d’Uvira.
At a remembrance ceremony 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.”
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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.