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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