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Red Cross aid worker murdered in Pakistan
Delegates at RCN congress in Harrogate gave a rousing minute's applause in tribute to Khalil Dale, the English nurse and college member kidnapped and murdered in the Pakistan city of Quetta, near the border with Afghanistan.
Khalil was abducted at gunpoint in January while working with the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Balochistan province. His body was found in an apple orchard in April. The kidnappers left a note that said they had murdered him because their demands for a ransom had not been met.
Khalil had worked overseas for humanitarian agencies, including Muslim Aid, for more than 30 years. He was posted to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Sudan.
The Kenya Red Cross Society made him an honorary life member after his work there in the 1980s and he was awarded an MBE in 1994.
Born Kenneth Robin Dale in York, Khalil was brought up in Manchester. Like his mother, he became a nurse, qualifying at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport in 1974. He undertook a post-registration certificate in accident and emergency nursing, worked on North Sea oil rigs and undertook further training at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London.
While working in Kenya in 1981, he converted to Islam, from then on praying five times a day. He took great comfort from his religion. He was engaged to Anne, an Australian nurse, and is survived by his brother Ian.
Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: 'Khalil was a gentle, kind person who devoted his life to helping others, including some of the world's most vulnerable people.'
obituary: may 30 :: vol 26 no 39 :: 2012