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Ten years  since the murder of Annalena Tonelli

Ten years have passed since the killing of Annalena Tonelli, the Italian volunteer who for over three decades assisted the Somali population affected by tuberculosis. Annalena was killed by two armed men on the evening of October 5, 2003 in the healthcare facility that she directed and founded in Borama, in the north of Somalia. In June of the same year she was awarded the Nansen Refugee Award, given annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to whoever distinguishes themselves in the service of refugees . “I left for Africa determined to shout the Gospel with my life, in the wake of Charles de Foucauld," Annalena often repeated. In Borama the hospital and the school for deaf children that she founded continues to operate, as reported by the documentary made for the occasion by the UNHCR which was recently screened in Nairobi.

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