Lt Col Siri Skare, 1958 - 2011
Siri Skare, a national of Norway, was a military advisor for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
She died on 1 April 2011 in an attack by a large group of demonstrators on UNAMA's operation centre in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Siri joined the Mission in August 2010, on special assignment from the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
To her friends, Siri represented all that is right with the world. “She always offered the voice of hope, reason and compassion.”
Those that worked with her said, “She was a highly respected officer, the type of person colleagues relished working alongside.”
Siri finished her training as a pilot in 1983, and became Norway’s first female military pilot. She also held degrees in political studies and strategic studies, and was a graduate of the US Air Force Air War College.
Siri is survived by her daughter.
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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.