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Ammar Al Shahbander
Ammar Al Shahbander, long-standing Chief of Mission in Iraq for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad on 2 May 2015.
"Ammar’s death is a tragedy for his beautiful family and a profound shock for all of us at IWPR," said IWPR Executive Director Anthony Borden. “He was devoted to helping build a new and peaceful Iraq, and he was one of the most informed, creative and passionate members of the civil society community there – hugely respected by government officials, Western diplomats and the international press, and loved by his colleagues. His loss is a major blow to Iraq, and to us all."
Life of much-missed friend, colleague and family man celebrated with moving tributes.
Eulogy for a friend and colleague delivered at a memorial service in London, October 13, 2015.
He was a dreamer, but with perfect faith that his dreams could come true.
A friend and colleague recalls Ammar Al Shahbander, who died on May 2.
IWPR's executive director describes the respect and affection people had for Ammar Al Shahbander.
After an emotional farewell, colleagues reflect on his contribution in life.
Ammar al-Shahbander gave his life to two causes that are never for the faint of heart – Iraq’s future, and the freedom to think and write.
Car bomb claims the life of dearest colleague, husband and father of four.
"There is an Ammar-shaped abyss in the heart of Iraq today."
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"Ammar was a rare breed. When many others gave up on Iraq, finding the work far too life-threatening, difficult and thankless, Ammar stayed on. He lived and died as his countrymen did and for that he will always remain a legend."
Abir Awad, Aida Kaisy, Rebecca Emerson-Keeler and Ylenia Farina
BBC Media Action
"Ammar was a one of kind as all of the hundreds of tributes to him attest. He was also something of a rogue, able to ignore instructions or ideas that he did not agree with, but always done with consummate charm, a knowing smile and that characteristic laugh of his."
Friend and IWPR colleague
“Ammar was a kind spirit, a connector and motivator for all who worked for peace, justice and rule of law in Iraq.”