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Bomb blast hits UN office in Islamabad

On Monday, 5th October, a suicide bomber entered the building of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, and blew himself up. Sadly, five people lost their lives in the attack and the United Nations are now on high alert.

This is just a short note to say that I am fine as I am a few thousand kilometres away from my office in Islamabad. I am still in Kathmandu and even though I felt a bit guilty for not being there for my colleagues and my boss, I am happy to be in Nepal.

However, my thoughts are with the Pakistani people at this very moment and I will go to Bouddha Stupa in Kathmandu tomorrow and light a butter lamp for those, who have lost their lives in the attack.

8 Responses

  1. bethan said on October 11, 2009 at 12:57 am

    heard the day after while we’ve been on holiday; thought about you during the night and thought somehow you were ok. managed to get online and now see my instincts were right. xxx

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  2. Viv said on October 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    We have so much to catch up on! I need to know the emotional backdrop to your hair raising adventures! Much love, Billi, as always. Viv

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  3. suzy conway said on October 9, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Billi, I can only imagine how you must feel. But I’m glad you were safe in Kathmandu. Send you tons of love and light, stay well, and at Boudha, please do kora for me! Love, Suzy

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  4. Rosemary in Irl said on October 6, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    May ‘your God’ stay with you Billi. You do keep Him busy you know, don’t push your luck too far. Stay safe. Looking forward to meeting with Dec on Fri. He should be back in KMD at the end of the month. Hope you will still be there.

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  5. Markus said on October 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Billi,

    please be carful !!

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  6. Claudia said on October 6, 2009 at 3:30 am

    glad you are safe!!!!!

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  7. mama said on October 6, 2009 at 3:08 am

    mei bärbele bin i froh,dass du in kathmandu bist, i stift glei a kerzn pass auf dich auf bussi mama

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  8. Beth said on October 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I’m soooo glad you were in KTM at the time this happened. I’m sorry for those who lost their lives. If you had been there, how far is the WFP building from your Islamabad office?
    Stay safe!

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