From the Washington Post
She had fallen in love with Haiti during the heady days when she was fresh out of Smith College and Jean-Bertrand Aristide was the fledgling president of a poor country seemingly filled with promise. By Tuesday afternoon, as she sat in a meeting in a basement room of the U.N. headquarters there, Lisa Mbele-Mbong had worked in Port-au-Prince as a human rights specialist for 3 1/2 years. When the trembling began, she was the first out of the meeting to find out why.
She walked onto a veranda. A large slab of concrete struck her head, killing her instantly, according to her supervisor, who was nearby. As he did every day after school, her 10-year-old son, Nady, was outside the complex with their driver, waiting for his mother to leave work.
Mbele-Mbong's death in the earthquake -- even as her colleagues in the basement of the U.N. complex's human rights section survived, her family has been told -- has not been officially announced. At 38, she was a woman of penetrating intellect and many cultures, as comfortable grilling gang members about genocide in Congo as nurturing her son's passion for soccer. She is one of nearly 400 U.N. workers listed as missing or killed, a toll certain to eclipse by far the organization's previous worst losses.
About Lisa - From Camnet
Lisa grew up in Douala, attending Dominique Savio Primary School then moved to Burundi and on to Europe for High School where her father, Samuel Mbele-Mbong formerly of ASECNA was working for the World Meteorological Organization, part of the UN. Lisa then moved to the US where she studied at the prestigious Smith College. Following graduation, Lisa lived and worked in DC where she worked for NDI (National Democratic Institute). It is through NDI that she first went to Haiti, organizing elections. She later joined the UN and worked for them in various countries before returning to Haiti. She leaves a 10 year old son, Nady, her parents Samuel and Helena Mbele-Mbong, and a sister, Leontyne.
The Cameroonian community, and the world have lost a passionate and dedicated human rights activist, a brilliant mind and devoted mother and friend. Details about a Memorial service for Lisa are forthcoming