EUCAP Somalia’s Head of Mission and the whole staff are mourning the death of AMISOM Police Commissioner Christine Alalo, who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on 10 March. We will always remember her vibrant energy, her wisdom and poise, her positive outlook on life and the glint in her eyes. Over the years, she became an invaluable interlocutor to EUCAP and we cherished the advice and wisdom she shared with us, which she had gained from her more than 15 years of experience working in the Ugandan police force.
Before working internationally (with UNMISS and AMISOM), Christine Alalo headed the Department of Child and Family Protection Unit in Uganda. In 2014, she was awarded the EU Human Rights Defenders Award for her work in tackling, among other things, child abuse. A quote from the award ceremony states that “Christine stood out in the Uganda Police Force as a change agent, who is readily accessible and approachable. She dares to tackle cultural practices and attitudes that relegate women and children to domestic abuses”.
Christine Alalo carried the same esprit de corps with her to her challenging job as AMISOM Police Commissioner. Without losing the glint in her eyes and with her booming laughter echoing the AMISOM HQ hallways, she stayed firm and did not give an inch when it came to issues such as integrity, promotion of gender equality and protection of human rights. She was a dear friend to all the EUCAP Somalia staff.