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In remembrance of those members of the UN Family who lost their lives
in the earthquake in Haiti, 12 January 2010

Mr. Mesonne Antoine, 1978 - 2010

Security Guard (Haiti)

Mesonne Antoine

Mesonne Antoine, a national of Haiti, was a Security Guard for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) since 2005. He was first assigned to the mission’s Engineering Section, and in 2006 was reassigned to the Security Section where he was responsible for monitoring, receiving and escorting visitors and VIPs to MINUSTAH premises.

He also took care of logistics for the different physical sites within MINUSTAH.

His academic background, which included an undergraduate degree in accounting in 2004, and a computer network technician certificate in 2005, allowed him to create and manage a number of databases, including one for addressing emergency situations. One of his databases managed parking, and yet another identified fire extinguishing capability within the mission. He was also responsible for compiling MINUSTAH staff listings.

As a Security Guard, Mesonne also helped train some of his peers in fire safety.

Mesonne spoke mostly Creole and French. A colleague remembered him as “always nice and friendly” and a friend said Mesonne was “a dynamic young man, full of energy. He was one of those who thought that only education and work can make you achieve your goal.”

Another friend recalled, “Mesonne was a very sympathetic person, always willing to help, always smiling. We used to wonder if he ever got upset sometimes.”

Mesonne is survived by his mother, his wife Sherly Paul and daughter Mesherle Hann Varah, almost two years old.