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Canada Mourns Loss of Canadian Public Servant in Kenya

September 21, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney today issued the following statement:

“It is with heartfelt sadness that we learned of the death in the service of our country, one of our own, Annemarie Desloges, a distinguished public servant with Citizenship and Immigration Canada who served at Canada’s High Commission in Kenya.

“We send our thoughts and prayers and those of all Canadians to Ms. Desloges’ family, friends and colleagues during this most difficult time.

“Canada condemns this senseless act of violence in the strongest of terms, and we call on Kenyan authorities to bring the perpetrators of this terrorist attack to justice.

“Canadian public servants around the world selflessly serve our country proudly. Like Annemarie, they do so because they believe in the cause of humanity. They believe that their work will better the lives of many at home and around the world. They believe in the values that Canada represents.

“We have no doubt that Annemarie touched the lives of many, and it is for that, that she will always be remembered.”

A biographical note on Annemarie Desloges follows.

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Backgrounder - Annemarie Desloges

Annemarie Desloges worked as a public servant for the Canadian government since 2006 and became a Foreign Service officer in 2008. Previously posted in Delhi, Annemarie was serving both Citizenship and Immigration Canada as well as the Canada Border Services Agency in Nairobi for the past two years.

Annemarie is survived by her husband Robert Munk. She was 29 years old.

The thoughts and prayers of the Government of Canada are with Annemarie’s family, friends and colleagues.