It is very sad to write that one of our best colleagues and BRIDGE facilitator passed away on 11 January 2013.
Mohammad Hashim Samim was born in 1974 in Kabul Afghanistan and got his master degree in law; he has been working as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer in Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan since 2008 and previously worked as head of the legal department.
I have worked with Mohammad Hashim for more than 8 years, I found him a polite, young, active, talented, honest, hardworking and professional elections expert. He believed in democracy, fairness and put all his effort into conducting free and fair election in Afghanistan in the past. He had excellent behavior and good communication skill and was the colleague and friend of all. He was a great listener and advisor for all of his colleagues and friends and therefore all respected and loved him.
An example of this was when a lady who has been working as cleaner in our organization came to his office. She had a problem with her contract and was going to have to wait for few months for it to be resolved. Upon hearing about her situatiion that she was widowed and had children to support he decided to pay her the same amount of salary from his own packet during these few months. It was moments like this that showed his support of his fellow humans.
His absence is a big loss for Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan, our people and over all the world democracy. Mohammad Hashim was the BRIDGE Semi accredited facilitator who got his accreditation in May 2008 in Melbourne.
Mohammad Hashim was married and had 3 small children
On behalf of Afghan BRIDGE family I would like to convey my deepest condolence and sympathies to his family, friends, colleagues and BRIDGE family and wish peace for his soul.