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Murdered nurse nominated for humanitarian award

A nurse murdered by the Taliban has been nominated for a humanitarian award.

Khalil Dale, a British Red Cross worker who was killed in Pakistan last year, has been nominated for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award.

Mr Dale, who was 60 when he went missing, was born Kenneth Robin Dale, but changed his name to Khalil when he became a Muslim.

He joined the Red Cross in 1981 and worked across the world, after initially working as a casualty nurse at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

He returned to Dumfries in the late 1990s where he again worked as a nurse and also for Turning Point Scotland.  

Mr Dale left Scotland for Pakistan at the beginning of 2011, but in January 2012 was abducted while working with a Red Cross health programme in Quetta. He was found dead on 29 April.

David Peppiatt, international director for the British Red Cross, said: “This nomination is a fitting way to celebrate his remarkable life and the impact of his humanitarian work.”

The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award recognises those who have “shown selflessness and dedication in a bid to save, enrich or improve the lives of others”.

The award, launched in 2002, is supported by South Ayrshire Council, EventScotland and VisitScotland.

The awards ceremony will be held on 26 January. Mr Dale is one of three finalists chosen from 42 nominations.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Mr Dale is an inspiration to all nurses, a life given selflessly to improve the lives of others.
    RIP Mr Dale -May your devotion continue to inspire others.

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  • Rip Mr Dale. You deserve this award after your selfless work to assist those who required your help.

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  • Millicent Ouma

    RIP Mr. Dale

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  • Hope he gets it. Be nice for his family, who must have been devastated. So many Red Cross and relief workers are, mercilessly killed. It's so tragic. Hope we, in our life time may see an end to the Taliban and other terrorists. Please God!

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  • tinkerbell

    such bravery and dedication should be acknowledged. RIP.

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