Jonas Maminon Somé, 1964 - 2011
Jonas Maminon Somé, a national of Burkina Faso, was a member of the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC), and was part of 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 at about 1:30 p.m. as it tried to land amid heavy rain and high winds, at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa (DRC).
Born on 4 January 1964 in Bobo-Dioulasso, Jonas was highly respected for his solid professional experience, his dedication and his team spirit.
Previously a Physical Security and Stockpile Management Advisor for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), he joined UNMACC on 7 January 2011 and started helping the Congolese Armed Forces in the management of their ammunition stockpiles.
An Army Officer by training, Jonas graduated from the French Military Academy of Saint-Cyr Coetquidan in 1991, and was working with the Ministry of Defence of Burkina Faso as a staff officer prior to joining MONUSCO. He also held a Maîtrise en Histoire from the Université de Ouagadougou.
Jonas is survived by his wife Fatima Somé Savadogo, and three children, Sioyab, Poutierwè and Wallier.
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