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Yusuf I (105)
Monday July 4, 2016, 12:29 pm
In the grieving remembrance of our nation’s patriots and the innocent civilians who lost their lives in the bloodshed massacre of Holey Artisan Bakery, there will be a "Candlelight Vigil" on 5th of July at 10 Am to 5 PM

We hereby cordially inviting each other to participate in this peace gathering towards morality, humanity and compassion for those who are not amongst us anymore.

Let us combine, unify and merge against savagery and spread the invincibility of love, accord and pacifism in our society. Therefore we humbly request your presence in the Candlelight Vigil in order to take a step towards eroding violence, promoting peace and paying homage to the beautiful lives we have lost.

Yusuf I (105)
Monday July 4, 2016, 12:34 pm
More about the victims:

‪#‎BangladeshVictims‬ in the ‪#‎DhakaAttack‬:
UPDATE 3: All names of the 20 civilian victims are now known. The names of five men and two Japanese women have been released by officials: Hideki Hashimoto, Nobuhiro Kurosaki, Koyo Ogasawara, Makoto Okamura, Yuko Sakai, Rui Shimodaira and Hiroshi Tanaka. Please see below for limited profiles (no pictures yet).
UPDATE 2: Faraaz Hossain could have left but stayed with his friends (see more below in his profile), certainly a heroic act.
UPDATE: 3rd Bangladeshi - Ishrat Akhond, an influential supporter of the arts in her country. Profile below.
Again, sadly, trying to see these people as the individuals they were to those who knew and loved them, not merely as victims, statistics, defined only by their tragic, savage deaths. Here is information thus far on the Bangladesh victims killed during the tense 10-hour standoff, the ‪#‎Dhaka‬ attack at Holey Artisan Bakery, a café in the affluent area of Gulshan, popular with diplomats and expats in the capital city of Dhaka, ‪#‎Bangladesh‬. The siege began as diners gathered, some to break their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
One American, two Bangladeshis (although Abinta Kabir was born in Dhaka. Two were students at Emory University.)
‪#‎IshratAkhond‬ was a Bangladeshi arts promoter and trustee of Institute of Asian Creatives (IAC). She was a supporter of the arts for more than 20 years. Ishrat said: “My intention is to promote Bangladeshi artists and arts on a global scale. Born in a developing country, I have seen many artists going unrecognized. With a little exposure, they can go far. So, my aim is to give promotion and recognition to both established and upcoming artistic talents in our country." Ishrat had quite an influence. “I always believed that I could motivate people, and I have so much to give. I have already promoted over 200 artists, given them a chance to display locally and internationally. When I look back, I feel great and that propels me forward.” Ishrat had been holding a dinner meeting with Italian businessmen when she was killed in the siege, according to three of her friends who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal. One said: "She was such a loving person, such a good friend." Others posted photographs and messages of disbelief and condolences on her Facebook page.
‪#‎FaraazHossain‬, 20, from Dhaka, was the younger of two sons of Simeen Hossain and Muhammad Waquer Bin Hossain and grandson of Latifur Rahman, Chairman of Transcom Group and Shahnaz Rahman. Faraaz was a 2016 graduate of Oxford College of Emory University and a student at Emory’s Goizueta Business School. He came to Dhaka on May 18 to spend his summer holidays. He, along with two of his friends went to Holey Artisan for dinner when several terrorist attacked the café.
[via NYT] "Early in the morning, the gunmen released a group of women wearing hijabs and offered a young Bangladeshi man, Faraz Hossain, the opportunity to leave, too, said Hishaam Hossain, Mr. Hossain’s nephew, who had heard an account from the hostages who were freed.
"Mr. Hossain, a student at Emory University, was accompanied by two women wearing Western clothes, however, and when the gunmen asked the women where they were from, they said India and the United States. The gunmen refused to release them, and Mr. Hossain refused to leave them behind, his relative said. He would be among those found dead on Saturday morning."
‪#‎AbintaKabir‬, 18, U.S. citizen, resident of Miami, and born in Dhaka, was a rising sophomore at Emory's Oxford College campus expected to graduate in 2019 and was in Dhaka visiting family and friends. Abinta went to the café after Iftar, an evening meal Muslims eat during the month of Ramadan, to meet up with friends, Afsara Adiba said in a FB post. “But she didn't (come) back alive,” Adina wrote. “I just don't get it; she and the other people were innocent.” Emory president James Wagner said he had been in contact with Abinta’s mother, who was in "unspeakable pain" after receiving news of the death of her daughter: "Please, as you are inclined, direct your kindest thoughts and sincerest prayers in her behalf and that of her family," Wagner wrote.
Both Abinta and Faraaz were active on the Student Activities Committee executive board at Oxford, and fellow student Kereisha Harrell said they were also part of an honor society that required a GPA of 3.9 or higher.
"We are honestly shocked," she said. "A lot of us are not ready to talk about it. But we were a family. It hit us hard. There are a lot of people very upset. We're just trying to support each other through this."
Nine Italians: sourced mostly via
‪#‎NadiaBenedetti‬, 52, was in Bangladesh for work. She was managing director of StudioTex Limited with 1,800 employees, a company with headquarters in London and its branch office in Dhaka. Beyond workplace success, friends and family remember her for other things, especially a sunny disposition, her thoughtfulness and a love for song. She adored singing karaoke style. Her niece, Giulia, wrote on FB, translated (awkwardly on my part) from Italian: "Now we have lost the last hope, my aunt, Nadia Benedetti, who was brutally killed in the attack yesterday in Bangladesh. We will not see each other again; we will not talk, will not comment on fashion; we're never going to sing together again. She had lived in Italy, Kenya, Bangladesh and never gave up, even in the most difficult moments. I ask you friends, relatives, DO NOT FORGET; do not lose her memory; do not forget what happened; do not let these crazy people commit more massacres; do not let them win. I express our solidarity to the families of all the victims and survivors of the tragedy. We'll miss you, aunt."
‪#‎ClaudioCappelli‬, 45, lived in Vedano al Lambro, in the province of Monza. For more than five years he worked in Bangladesh with his textile company, which produced t-shirts, clothing and bedding. Honorary consul general of Bangladesh in Veneto, the lawyer Gianalberto Scarpa Basteri, says of Claudio (again, awkward translation from Italian on my part): "He was excited about his work; he had a positive experience in Bangladesh, saying it was a country where you could work very well ... I cannot understand how this happened ... the Gulshan neighborhood is full of embassies and registered offices of large companies in Bangladesh. There are checkpoints and you can only enter with a pass. It is, or rather was, a quiet and safe neighborhood. I am amazed about this attack." Claudio's sister said: "These are tragic moments for all of us, we are shocked by the action of these infamous bloody murderers. We never thought such a thing could happen."
‪#‎VincenzoDAllestro‬, 46, was a native of Caserta, Piedimonte Matese, and moved to Acerra (Naples) this past October. Vincenzo D' Allestro was born in Wetzikon, Switzerland. His wife, Maria, Gaudio is a native of Glossop. Vincenzo and Maria were married in 1993.
‪#‎ClaudiaMariaDAntona‬, 56, Managing Director of Fedo Trading Ltd, an Italian textile company operating in Bangladesh. She lived in Dhaka for more than 20 years with her husband, Gian Galeazzo Boschetti, the only Italian attack survivor. They were together in the restaurant at dinner but he managed to escape. Claudia maria D' Antona graduated with a law degree from the University of Turin and had volunteered for the Green Cross, an organization focused on the challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation and sustainability. This remarkable woman had also been a paramedic, a first responder in the 1980-1981 earthquake in Irpinia and during the fire of the cinema Statute of Turin in 1983.
‪#‎SimonaMonti‬, 33, five months pregnant with a boy she planned to name Michelangelo. She was returning home soon from a long vacation to deliver her child back in Italy. Her brother hopes his family's suffering and his sister's bloodshed can contribute toward making a more just world. Rev. Luca Monti is a priest in southern Italy. He says he hopes "this experience of martyrdom for my family and the blood of my sister Simona can help contribute to building a more just and brotherly world." Simona had lived in the town of Magliano Sabino, an hour's drive from Rome.
‪#‎AdelePuglisi‬, 50, was from Catania. She was planning to travel home Saturday to Italy. Adele started working at Artsana as Quality Control Manager of a group in textiles.
‪#‎CristianRossi‬, 47, manager of Feletto Umberto (Udine), was a father of three year-old twin girls. He had intended to return to Italy on Thursday, but had delay his trip home. It appears he also had his own company, Fibres Ltd, a consulting firm and brokerage in the textiles sector with operating units in Bangladesh and China.
‪#‎MariaRiboli‬, 33, of Lombard, lived in Solza with husband and 3 year old daughter. Maria was on a business trip; she worked in textiles. She was in Bangladesh for several months. Five of the Italians who died in Dhaka, it is believed, knew each other and were socializing at the Bakery when one of the terrorists launched a grenade under their table. Condolences are pouring in from friends and family on her FB page.
‪#‎MarcoTondat‬, father of a six year-old daughter. Marco was a young businessman in the textile sector of Cordovado (Pordenone) who worked for Studio Tex Limited.
One Indian: (Who was studying economics at UC Berkeley)
‪#‎TarushiJain‬, 18, student at the University of California, Berkeley. was awarded an internship program by Eastern Bank Limited in 2016 and her project was on EBL-commerce growth opportunity in Bangladesh. Her father, Sanjeev Jain, runs a 20-yr old garment business in Dhaka. Tarishi’s cousin, Sirish, said, “We are saddened, want to go to Dhaka.”
"The country is with them in this hour of grief," India's minister for external affairs, Sushma Swaraj tweeted. Tarushi's body will be flown to New Delhi on Monday, and the cremation will take place in the northern Indian town of Firozabad, the Jain family's home town.
Seven Japanese: sourced mostly via Associated Press & Reuters
‪#‎HidekiHashimoto‬, 65, worked for Oriental Consultants Global, based in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, which is part of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project in Bangladesh to build three bridges for the widening of the national highway from Dhaka to Chittagong.
‪#‎NobuhiroKurosaki‬, 48, worked for Oriental Consultants Global, based in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, which is part of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project in Bangladesh to build three bridges for the widening of the national highway from Dhaka to Chittagong.
‪#‎KoyoOgasawara‬, 56, worked for Katahira & Engineers International, a transportation consultancy that has worked on projects in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Koyo was an environmental impact assessment expert scheduled to return home on July 5.
‪#‎MakotoOkamura‬, 32, before heading to Bangladesh lived with his fiancee in Taito Ward, Tokyo, and planned to marry next year. Fumie Okamura, Makoto's mother, said from her home on the eastern outskirts of Tokyo, "I'm really embittered ... my son wanted to help developing countries. He wanted to work in the field of urban-transport engineering, which was his dream since when he was in junior high school ... I'm a doting mother, but I'm proud to say he was the perfect son." Makoto's father, Komakichi Okamura, 71, said "Everybody loved him. He is a good man" and that his son's death "is unbearable as a parent ... I cannot find the words now." He recalled their last words: "He said, 'I am leaving now.' and I said to him to be careful. That was the last conversation I had with him on the telephone."
Makoto worked at ALMEC Corp., a transportation consultancy based in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, with offices in Manila, Hanoi, Jakarta and Ulan Bator. He was a transportation systems expert who had been active in Indonesia and Turkey. According to an official from ALMEC: All our "employees are excellent engineers who are great assets to our company. They are working hard for developing countries.”
‪#‎YukoSakai‬, 42, worked at ALMEC Corp., a transportation consultancy based in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, with offices in Manila, Hanoi, Jakarta and Ulan Bator. According to an official from ALMEC: All our "employees are excellent engineers who are great assets to our company. They are working hard for developing countries.”
‪#‎RuiShimodaira‬, 27, worked at ALMEC Corp., a transportation consultancy based in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, with offices in Manila, Hanoi, Jakarta and Ulan Bator. According to an official from ALMEC: All our "employees are excellent engineers who are great assets to our company. They are working hard for developing countries.”
‪#‎HiroshiTanaka‬, 80, the oldest victim, worked for Oriental Consultants Global, based in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, which is part of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project in Bangladesh to build three bridges for the widening of the national highway from Dhaka to Chittagong. Hiroshi was a a veteran research engineer for the Japan National Railways sent to Dhaka to do a traffic congestion survey. He had a consulting business for railway projects in Japan and abroad. Hiroshi's younger brother, Takashi Tanaka, said that he feels great sadness to have lost his brother who was so dedicated to his work. He added that Hiroshi passionately wanted to work for the betterment of Bangladesh.

Roger G (148)
Monday July 4, 2016, 12:45 pm
noted, thanks

Monday July 4, 2016, 1:14 pm

Teresa W (782)
Monday July 4, 2016, 2:54 pm

Solitary Eagle (324)
Monday July 4, 2016, 3:54 pm
Thank you Yusuf. Noted.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 4, 2016, 10:18 pm
Very thoughtful honoring and remembrance for the victims of terror in Bangladesh. They are in our thoughts and we send good, healing energies. Thank you Yusuf.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Monday July 4, 2016, 11:19 pm
A great tragedy!
Thanks Yusuf

Past Member (0)
Monday July 4, 2016, 11:23 pm
Lighting a candle 4 the innocent lost. thx Yusuf

Knud Thirup (53)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 12:52 pm

Janet B (0)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 1:26 pm

mariangela m (154)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 1:52 pm
Thank you for remembering all the victims, Yusuf. Your translation from Italian was very well done with accurate descriptions.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 2:20 pm
I too thank you for remembering all of the victims and their families, friends etc. Bless them all. Thanks Yusuf

Naoko i (257)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 3:48 pm
Tnank you Yusuf. Most of the victims have been good friends of Bangladesh, working for the people and the country. And Faraaz Hossain's act really expresses the kindness and hospitality of Baggladeshi people.

I'm very worried of the consequence of this brutal incident, but do hope that it wouldn't (and shouldn't) hurt the relationship and feelings between Bangladesh and Japan, or any other countries.

fly b (26)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 4:34 pm
A terrible massacre, tragic and cruel.

My deepest condolences to all, victims, families, friends and communities.
Thank you, Yusuf.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 6:30 pm

Thank you Yusuf Islam. Light and assistance (if needed) has been sent!


Eleonora Oldani (37)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 3:35 am

Thank you Yusuf for putting up this article. May the victims rest in peace and the families and friends of the victims find solace and strength.

Can I add here - as there are no other threads or "memorials" - the victims of terror in Iraq and Istanbul? They too deserve to be remembered as well as our prayers - if one believes in this concept - and compassionate thoughts.

#Je suis Bangladesh
#Je suis Iraq
#Je suis Turkey

It is shameful that our world politicians don't see it necessary to come out in droves and condemn these terrorist attacks in the strongest possible terms; equally disturbing is the fact that the world shows no solidarity and no world wide vigils - as was done with Orlando, Bruxelles, Paris et al.

So sad and so telling.

mariangela m (154)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 5:04 am
I agree with Eleonora. There are not second-rate victims! Although in Bangladesh there were even victims belonging to the so-called "Western" world, I haven't noticed the same press and TV coverage as in Orlando, Paris, etc.

mariangela m (154)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 5:13 am
On another C2 thread an Indian friend underlined that "you forgot to mention Peshwar in Pakistan where they held an entire school in hostage and did away with round about 150 kids and their teachers, who had to the same religious faith as themselvs."
As for cases involving schools, I think we should also remember the young students and teachers of a school in Beslan, Russia (334 victims, among them 186 young children) more than ten years ago.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 6:29 am
Thank you for remembering all the victims presenting names, ages, and something about them, includes the young man who would not leave his companions and therefore died along with them even though he was given a chance to leave.

I leave a virtual candle on this page [*]

I had also left a tribute for those who were killed in the mass shooting of Orlando Florida and also had mentioned the people who were killed in the Turkish airport. Melissa Etheridge basically covered all those who are being murdered around the world by these violent attacks, reminding us that we all have a Pulse.

Link for anyone that would care to listen to this heartfelt song PULSE

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 5:03 pm

Mariangela - you say that there are no second-rate victims. Actually - they are not even second-rate; they simply don't exist in the reading of the Western media, politicians and to a large extend public. I know this is generalizing but one has to dig deep and mostly in non mainstream media to find anything - if at all.

Let's call a spade a spade, shall we? If the victims are non-white, non-Christians and/or non-Jewish ... then they're just some brown, black or yellow people; at times not even a foot note in history.

Not worth hashtags, vigils, obituaries, special meetings, special press conferences by Presidents of the Western countries or anything of that kind. Just ... nothing.

What did we hear about the murders in Saudi Arabia? What about the ones in South Sudan on Independence Day - they were all Christians though but sadly ... they are black. No headlines.

This is the horrible, shocking and sad reality.

Thankfully Yusuf did a great and admirable job in trying to give every victim a name, a background and make them all human beings!!

mariangela m (154)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 5:34 pm
Eleonora - Obviously I meant there shouldn't be second-rate victims. The sentence I added re. the so-called "Western" world has exactly the same meaning of your long explanation. I didn't think it could be misunderstood but, just in case, I hope the concept is clear now.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Monday July 11, 2016, 4:42 pm

Hi Mariangela - don't worry ;-) - we understood each other perfectly well! I believe that you and I are thinking along the same lines.

I just wanted to elaborate on this issue and make it crystal clear as there are still some who can't and some who refuse to see the picture clear.

Stay safe in Bella Italia - LOL.

mariangela m (154)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 3:30 am
I'm glad there are no misunderstandings:-) and hope that more and more people will eventually understand that there should be compassion for _all_ the victims.
Thank you for your greetings, Eleonora, although I'm not quite sure we can feel "safe" in Italy at the moment :-)).

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 1:27 pm

Hi Mariangela - ;-)! I know - I just read about the tragic train accident near Bari with 23 dead and over 50 injured. My heart goes out to those families who lost loved ones. And ... it seems the run on the Banks has already started with the ATM machines being emptied - at least that's what the report say. It looks as if the EU and especially for the moment Italy is in for a very rough ride. But re-opening the file into David Rossi's death (Monte dei Piaschi di Siena Bank) is a step in the right direction.

Wish you lots of luck!!

PS Sorry, Yusuf, for being quickly off topic!
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