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Lalzawmi Frankcom, known as Zomi, was an Australian worker for World Central Kitchen who was tragically killed on Monday. She had begun volunteering with the organization in 2018 and was later hired in 2019. Her former partner, Josh Phelps, shared that their last text exchange was filled with memories of their time delivering food on a reservation in South Dakota. Zomi was described as someone who was always willing to go wherever she was needed and was following her dreams of making a difference in the world.

Damian Sobol, hailed as the “Michael Jordan of humanitarian work” by a former colleague, Noah Sims, was another victim of the attack. The two met while providing meals to refugees in Poland, where Sobol was studying hospitality. Sims praised Sobol’s ability to get things done and his dedication to helping those in need. The loss of Sobol is deeply felt within the World Central Kitchen community, highlighting the significant impact he had on disaster relief efforts.

In addition to Zomi and Sobol, three British citizens, John Chapman, James Henderson, and James Kirby, were also killed in the attack. They were part of the organization’s security team, with Chapman and Henderson being former Royal Marines who had transitioned to volunteer work. The loss of these dedicated individuals underscores the risks that humanitarian workers face in conflict zones and areas of crisis. Their contributions to the World Central Kitchen’s efforts will not be forgotten.

Jacob Flickinger, a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, was the seventh worker who lost his life in the attack. Flickinger was part of the relief team for World Central Kitchen and was committed to providing aid to those in need. The diversity of the victims reflects the global nature of humanitarian work and the shared commitment to making a positive impact in communities around the world. The tragic loss of these individuals has deeply affected the organization and serves as a reminder of the dangers that come with serving in conflict zones.

The dedication and passion of Lalzawmi Frankcom, Damian Sobol, and the other victims of the attack highlight the selflessness and bravery of humanitarian workers. Their willingness to help others in the face of danger is a testament to their character and commitment to making a difference in the world. The impact of their loss is felt not only within the World Central Kitchen community but also in the wider humanitarian aid sector, where their contributions will be remembered and honored.

Kim Severson and Aaron Boxerman contributed reporting to this tragic event, shedding light on the lives and work of those who lost their lives. Their reporting serves as a tribute to the victims and a reminder of the risks faced by humanitarian workers around the world. As the community mourns the loss of these dedicated individuals, their legacy of compassion and service will continue to inspire others to carry on their work and strive for a better, more equitable world.

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