Honouring Doctor Hashem Slaimankhel

30 Jan

Supporters of the Palestinian struggle in New Zealand are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Doctor Hashem Slaimankhel – a longtime supporter of Kia Ora Gaza and prominent member of  New Zealand Muslim Association and the Umma Trust in Auckland.

A widely respected Auckland health worker and community leader, Dr Slaimankhel was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan last weekend, the day before he was due to fly home.

Hashem Slaimankhel, in his late 60s, died when a suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 more in Kabul on Saturday. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dr Slaimankhel’s nephew, professional rugby player Omar Slaimankhel, said the hundreds of people flowing in and out of his uncle’s home on Sunday were testament to the kind of human he was.

Kia Ora Gaza and the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

(photo: Stuff)


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