In Memoriam – Tim Carstairs

14 Jan
Tim Carstairs Attending one of our regional event

 Tim Carstairs (passed away on Jan 5, 2015) Attending one of our regional event in Syria

Tim Carstairs Attending our regional event on ERW, in Khan Arnaba, Qunaitera, Syria on April 29, 2005

Tim Carstairs Attending our regional event on ERW, in Khan Arnaba, Qunaitera, Syria on April 29, 2005

     I am saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, Tim Carstairs who worked for many years in Handicap International, Mines Action Group and Geneva Call. His death is a great loss to the disarmament movement in the world and our region as well. Tim built strong relations and friendships with many organizations and the people of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq.

     I have to pay special tribute to Tim who took part in a number of workshops and conferences on the explosive remnants of war in our region. His valuable contributions were a blend of professionalism and kindness. He volunteered in our training and awareness projects and he provided our network with educational materials and consultations.

     I still remember the last event he attended in Khan Arnaba, Qunaitera directorate in Syria, April 2005, during which he greatly surprised the audience with a three-minute opening done entirely in Arabic.  His presentation was widely appreciated by the participants from Syria as well as the other countries in the region. Yes, he was such a lovely person to learn from and be with.

     Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and the many people his life touched. Tim will be remembered as an extremely supportive, committed and thoughtful peace-loving campaigner. Let us honor and remember him by keeping his commitments alive as we work together to make them a reality.

 

    Ghassan Shahrour

    Arab Human Security Network

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