David Haines, the British man beheaded in a video released by the terror group ISIS, was remembered Sunday by the aid organizations that he worked for as a generous colleague and committed worker.
"David was appreciated by the ACTED team and all those around him, notably for his generosity, commitment, and his professionalism," read a statement by Haines' most recent employer, the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). The organization, which works to support "vulnerable populations," according to their website, said Haines' murder "goes against all humanitarian principles and is a crime against humanity." As aid worker for ACTED, Haines, 44, helped displaced Syrian people near the Turkish border and had only been with the organization a short time before he was abducted, the statement said.
Haine's former employer, Nonviolent Peaceforce, also expressed "sadness and outrage" for Haines' murder on their Facebook page. The statement said that Haines worked with the aid group in South Sudan in 2012. "He protected people under threat with courageous determination whilst always demonstrating a sense of humility and where required, humor," they said.
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— Elisha Fieldstadt