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

Josseline Nguekeu, 1969 - 2010

Administrative Assistant (Cameroon)

Ms. Josseline Nguekeu

Josseline Matilde Nguekeu, a national of Cameroon, was an Administrative Assistant for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) since 2008.

Josseline received her baccalaureate degree from the Lycee M. J. Caron Bangui, Central African Republic in 1998, and enhanced her computer skills through training courses while living in Douala, Cameroon. She then worked briefly as a secretary for a construction company called ECAMEL.

During her 12-year career with the UN, Josseline served in four peacekeeping missions.

From 1998 to 2000 she worked with the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA).

From there, she moved on to with the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) from 2001 to 2004 where she supervised the Pass and ID Unit.

While in Sierra Leone, Josseline continued her education, earning certificates from the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in peacekeeping and conflict resolution, humanitarian law and law of armed conflict.

From 2004 to 2006 she worked as an Administrative Assistant at the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), drafting correspondence and planning and organizing files.

Josseline left Africa in 2006 to take an administrative and investigation assistant position with the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in Haiti where she created a library of legal material used by investigators working on MINUSTAH-related issues.

From there, seeking further challenges, Josseline took up her final post in MINUSTAH with the Conduct and Discipline Unit in Haiti in June 2008.

A former colleague and friend who carpooled with Josseline said, “Josseline was kind, dedicated, hard working, intelligent, full of dreams, ambitious and proud of her achievements,” adding she was “really funny, lively and teasing.”

Another colleague said that “Josseline was such a positive, warm-hearted and encouraging person with a big heart. She liked to laugh and joke and always smiled.”

A colleague who worked with her in Sierra Leone said, “She had a gift to see through people and it seemed as if she was on earth to make everybody’s life a happier one. Because of her, I fell in love with Africa.”

An avid jogger, Josseline also visited her mother at every opportunity and was in the process of building a house for her mother.

Josseline is survived by her mother and four siblings Bertin, Douglas, Martiale and Ingrid.