BY SEBLE DEMEKE
I met Mhairi some 15 years ago when she joined the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) as an Administrative Assistant.
From then until I left the JIU in 2004, I found her to be a most kind, understanding and helpful staff member.
When I heard of her
passing away through a common friend and colleague, sadness and sorrow overcame my heart.
In particular, I remember how much she
loved and cared for her
only daughter, Sonia.
I was shocked and short of words to express my sorrow; she
was not only my colleague but also a good friend.
was a good person and a responsible and committed UN civil servant.
loved and cared for people from all parts of the world.
Mhairi was someone who fitted well the image of what an international servant is supposed to be.
was married to someone from outside her
culture, background and religion.
close friends were all from different continents and countries and yet she
got along with all of them as if she
has been raised with them in the same neighbourhood.
had a character and approach to life which was appreciated by those who were close to her
That is why we got along so well, although both of us came from different backgrounds, me from Africa and her