Many of you may have heard of the attack that occurred in Afghanistan on the 1st of April. Some probably do not know that too many of us in Zhongshan this attack has brought the Afghan conflict to our front door.  

 

Emilia Dungel from Sweden was employed at friends bar as the Foreign Manager for many years and she was a welcoming face not only to the English speakers but with excellent Chinese she was able to make the Chinese equally welcome. She is still a very good friend to all of us whose path she crossed.

 

From time to time Emilia's family would visit including her brother Joakim 33, who followed his passion for international law to some of the most difficult places in the world.

 

Joakim trained as an international lawyer and was equally in his element writing scholarly articles and working on cases in Europe as he did interviewing victims at missions abroad. Before moving to Afghanistan in 2011, where he served as an officer in Mazar-e-Sharif, Joakim worked with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and in the Middle East and former Yugoslavia.

According to news reports colleagues described Joakim as wise beyond his years, generous, and exceptionally good humored. His ability to make connections with colleagues and victims who were not able to speak for themselves was matched by his passion for justice.

 

On the one occasion I met him I would have to agree with this description and in discussions with Emilia he held a special place in her heart and was a beacon whose direction she followed without question.

 

Sadly Joakim was killed in the attack at Mazar-e-Sharif on April First and to Emilia and her family and on behalf of all of us in Zhongshan I write this memoriam and offer to them our heart felt condolences.

 

I would suggest to her that Joakim will never be forgotten in Zhongshan. I ask all who had met him and those that new her to sign below in support of the difficult times her family must be facing at this time.

 

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Comment by 上由 Nick on 在May五月 5, 2011 at 添加的评论16:51
Sorry for your loss, Emilia. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Comment by 上由 Christoph on 在April四月 26, 2011 at 添加的评论11:38

my condolence Emilia...we talked about a few days ago and it is really hard to believe.

We all will help you trough this time...sending you a lot of hugs...i'm so sorry for you and your family..

Comment by 上由 David Dorigotti on 在April四月 17, 2011 at 添加的评论12:52

... I'm so sorry for your loss Emilia.....sincere condolences to you and your family.

A big kiss and hug from all of us here

Comment by 上由 Lucy Jane Walker on 在April四月 14, 2011 at 添加的评论13:47
I equally never met him, but if he was Emilia's biggest influence then he must have been a really great person and I like Bill regret never having met him. I'm so so sorry for your loss and send all my condonlences and hugs to you and your family during this time of heart ache.RIPxxx
Comment by 上由 Bill Barlow on 在April四月 11, 2011 at 添加的评论23:40
nothing to add.  She talked about him a few times with me, and I feel poorer for never having met him

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