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Survivor of the Canal Hotel Bombing Reflects on…

Survivor of the Canal Hotel Bombing Reflects on the Attack

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On the afternoon of 19 August 2003, the United Nations headquarters in the Canal Hotel in Baghdad was badly damaged by a devastating bomb attack.
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On the afternoon of 19 August 2003, the United Nations headquarters in the Canal Hotel in Baghdad was badly damaged by a devastating bomb attack. The blast resulted in the death of 22 people, including the then High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello. The bomb was targeting the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). Among the survivors was Francis Mead, who was working for UNICEF at the time. In this video, Mr. Mead watches footage of the bombing and shares his memories of the attack. He talks about the chaos and confusion of the moment, the fear and pain he felt, but also how he still believes in humanitarian work and why it is valuable.
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