Caritas-Switzerland Employee Killed in Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, OCT. 14, 2010 (Zenit.org).- A local staff member of Caritas-Switzerland in Haiti was killed last Friday in the center of Port-au-Prince.


 
The victim, Julien Kénord, was only 27. He had just cashed a $2,000 check at a local bank when he was shot by unknown assailants in his car, reported a statement published by Caritas Internationalis. Kénord died from his injuries in hospital shortly after.
 
"This is a terrible loss for Julien’s family and friends. With dedication and loyalty, Julien helped earthquake victims in Haiti rebuild their lives. His colleagues at Caritas will miss him very much,” said Lesley-Anne Knight, secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis.

A police investigation has been launched, but no further details are known at the moment.

Caritas has worked in Haiti for many years and was present to assist earthquake victims immediately after the disaster struck.

In the first six months after the earthquake, Caritas has provided food, water, shelter, healthcare, sanitation, counselling and protection at a cost of US$46.8 million.