Jacob Flickinger, the American father of a baby, who was killed in an “unforgivable” attack on aid workers in Gaza – Global News (Trending Perfect)


A dual US-Canadian citizen was among seven World Central Kitchen aid workers killed in an Israeli military airstrike while trying to deliver much-needed food to people in Gaza.

Jacob Flickinger, 33, along with colleagues Saifuddin Issam Ayyab Abu Taha from Palestine, Lalzaoumi Frankcum from Australia, Damian Sobol from Poland, and British nationals John Chapman, James Henderson and James Kirby, died on Tuesday when the convoy they were traveling in was bombed.

WCK provides food to people living in disaster areas, including those living in Gaza amid the ongoing Israeli campaign.

The organization described the relief workers as “heroes” and “beautiful souls,” saying they were killed “while returning from a day-long mission.”

(World Central Kitchen/WCK.org/PA Wire)

Here's what we know about Flickinger:

Volunteer, partner and father

Flickinger was the father of a 1-year-old son, according to A GoFundMe page He was set up to help his family with funeral arrangements, as he was the “sole financial provider”. He also leaves behind his partner, Sandy.

The page says Flickinger has been a volunteer in Gaza since early March, providing food to Palestinians.

Before going to Gaza, Flickinger also went to Mexico with World Central Kitchen.

A tribute from Restaurantes en Acapulco on Facebook said: “What sad news our friend Jacob who helped us at the Port of Acapulco transporting food everywhere and with whom we lived for several days has passed away.

“He told me on one occasion that he had come to help and not to be distracted by other things. A hug to the heavens.” He Said.

The group also posted a touching video of Flickinger smiling while distributing water bottles to locals in Acapulco, Mexico.

One photo of Flickinger, wearing a T-shirt patterned at World Central Kitchen, in Acapulco, is from November 2023.

Photo by Jacob Flickinger in Acapulco, Mexico

(Jesus Spinoza)

His father, John Flickinger, wrote a touching message on Facebook paying tribute to his son.

“He died doing what he loved and serving others through his work with World Central Kitchen,” he said.

Many other friends also spoke of his love for helping others.

Ken Durham wrote on Facebook that he was “saddened by the loss of an old friend in Gaza.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy McKenzie said Flickinger served in the 22nd Royal Quebec Regiment. He added that Flickinger “loved helping other veterans rehabilitate injuries and volunteered his services.” [personally] And train them to rehabilitate them and bring them back to their physical fitness.

Kennedy Siddiqo, spokesman for the Canadian Department of National Defence, said: The Independent A statement said that retired Corporal Flickinger served with the Canadian Army from April 7, 2008 to October 16, 2019.

Jacob Flickinger helps people in Acapulco, Mexico get food

(Jesus Espinosa)

“He joined as a reserve infantry member with Le Regiment de la Chaudière. In 2010, he was deployed to Afghanistan as a private. In 2012, he joined the regular force as an infantryman with the 22e Royal Regiment of Quebec, QC. “We extend our sincere condolences to their families, friends and colleagues ex during this difficult time.”

The GoFundme had already raised more than $22,000 Canadian dollars by Wednesday afternoon.

said Jonathan “Rusty” Duguay, who organized the GoFundMe The Independent He and Flickinger were “brothers in arms in Afghanistan.”

He described Flickinger as a “problem solver,” adding that he “loved helping people” and was “passionate about the work we were doing” at WCK.

“He was a family man, very devoted to his partner and child,” Duguay added.

Mr. Duguay joined WCK in September 2023 after an earthquake struck Morocco. He said he “found a lot of purpose in the work I was doing and thought it would be good for him as well.” Months later, in November 2023, the two went to Acapulco, Mexico, to help local residents after a hurricane devastated the area.

More recently, Mr. Duguay said they worked together, but on “two ends of the humanitarian mission” in Gaza. While Duguay was stationed in Cyprus, loading ships, Flickinger was stationed in Gaza receiving and distributing food. “We talked almost every day about our experiences,” Duguay recalls.

Although this was a “very tragic loss,” Mr Duguay said, “it does not and should not detract from the very important work that WCK and its volunteers do.

Mr Duguay said he and the Flickinger family are “staying positive”. He added that they still “believe in the work he was doing.”

Reactions to the aid workers' strike

World Central Kitchen CEO Erin Gore issued a statement criticizing the attack on aid workers as “inexcusable.”

“This is not only an attack on WCK, this is an attack on humanitarian organizations that are in the worst situations where food is used as a weapon of war. This is unforgivable,” she said.

In an editorial in The New York Times, WCK founder and celebrity chef José Andrés wrote that aid workers “risked everything for the most basic human activity: sharing our food with others.”

He described them as “the best human beings.”

President Joe Biden also said in a statement that he was “outraged and saddened” by the news.

“I am angry and saddened by the death of seven humanitarian workers from World Central Kitchen, including an American, in Gaza yesterday,” he said.

Seven victims of the strike

(World Central Kitchen/PA)

“They were providing food to starving civilians in the midst of war. They were brave and selfless. Their deaths are a tragedy.”

John Kirby, White House national security communications adviser, said in a press conference on Tuesday:ClearHe added that the Israeli army “must do more to improve deconfliction operations so that civilians and humanitarian relief workers are protected.”

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Jolie She tweeted that she was “appalled to hear reports of the IDF raid” and called for “full accountability for these killings.”

She added: “Strikes on humanitarian workers are completely unacceptable.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, “Unfortunately, on the last day, a tragic incident occurred with an unintended strike by our forces on innocent people in the Gaza Strip,” pledging that Israeli officials are “thoroughly investigating” the incident and will examine it. And that the country's armed forces “will do everything possible so that this does not happen again.”



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