Petrus Jacobus van Vuuren
Petrus Jacobus van Vuuren, a national of South Africa, was a member of the MECHEM (Pty) Ltd DRC team that is contracted to UNOPS for Mine Action in support of 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, where he had assisted in the training and accreditation of national Congolese medical orderlies. The plane crashed as it tried to land amid heavy rain and high winds, at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa (DRC).
Born on 16 August 1970, Petrus joined MECHEM on 1 October 2007 as a medical orderly on the UNOPS Eritrea project. Thereafter he served MECHEM in Sudan and lastly on the DRC project as medical practitioner.
He was a very energetic, highly enthusiastic, consequent and committed individual with a wonderful sense of humour; he was a very competent and highly qualified fireman and medical practitioner.
Friends and colleagues that knew Mr. van Vuuren spoke very highly of him and how much they valued his friendship as he brought pleasure to everyone he met; he was a valued member of MECHEM and the team. He contributed to the Organization in many ways and will be sadly missed.
Petrus is survived by his mother and two brothers. He often spoke of his family, especially his mother. He touched the lives of many different people who will miss him tremendously.
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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.