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Print out date: 24.08.2019 11:57
07.08.2019 16:41 Photos

In pictures: Flower-laying ceremony held in Minsk in commemoration of Ruth Waller

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Satsyuk)

Jenifer Moore, the United States’ charge d’affaires to Belarus, and Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, the United Nations’ resident coordinator in Belarus, visited the Military Cemetery in Minsk on August 7 to lay flowers at the grave of Ruth Waller, an American woman who died in 1946 while on a UN mission to Minsk.

The ceremony was also attended by, among others, Dzmitry Bektsyashkin, principal of General Education School No. 130 that bears the name of Ruth Waller, and a representative of the Belarusian foreign ministry.

Ruth Waller, a U.S. citizen, arrived in Belarus in 1946 on assignment by the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), which was one of the first agencies of the new United Nations charged with caring for millions of refugees displaced by World War II.

Ms. Waller fell ill after rescuing three drowning Belarusian boys in a Minsk lake. She developed pneumonia and later meningitis and died on August 4, 1946 at the age of 24.

In photos:

1, 5, 8 – Jenifer Moore;

1, 6, 8 – Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki;

9 – Dzmitry Bektsyashkin.

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