THE flag at the Phnom Penh headquarters of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) remains at half mast today as staff mourn the brutal slaying of one
of their colleagues.
Thirty-six year old Chin Chun - an ICRC tracing officer and father of five - was
gunned down Jan 1 in Ampil district, Oddar Meanchey, as he returned home from delivering
messages to family members separated by Cambodia's civil war.
"We are not sure exactly what happened," said Friedrun Medert, the head
of Cambodia's ICRC delegation. "What we've heard from eye witnesses is he was
stopped by two men dressed in military fatigues.
"It seemed to the witnesses the two soldiers were asking for a ride, but shortly
afterwards they heard shots... and they found him dead, shot in the head, shoulder
and chest and the motorbike was gone.
"So it looks like a robbery, but a motorbike? That's no reason to blow someone
Medert said the ICRC was calling in all its tracing officers to review personal security
"But there is only so many precautions they can take. There is always the drunken
soldier who just happens to be there," she said.
Chun was the first ICRC worker murdered in Cambodia but his death brings to ten the
number of Red Cross staff killed worldwide in the last 12 months.