Xulhaz murder

Selfless, loving, inspirational: these are some of the words friends use to describe Xulhaz Mannan, a dedicated colleague, loyal friend, and fierce champion of human rights who was brutally murdered in April 2016.  He was not just my colleague; he was my friend and part of the U.S. Embassy family.  Today, on the anniversary of his death, I’d like to share the tremendous impact he continues to have on all of us who were fortunate to know him. Selfless Xulhaz lived a selfless life, working tirelessly to shape a society to be more diverse and inclusive.  Whether at work, with friends, strangers or in the privacy of his own home, he put others before himself.  Colleagues at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development regarded him with special affection.  Even today, colleagues smile when they recall how Xulhaz worked for two years with a community organization without compensation, recognition, or expectation of reward.  The value he placed on human relationships far outweighed that of money.  In fact, he shared money willingly.  Generous in spirit and in kind, Xulhaz exemplified true Bangladeshi hospitality and selflessness.  When he died, tributes to his loving nature poured in from around the world.  A theme emerged – he welcomed newcomers to Bangladesh arriving from all corners of the globe and took the time to introduce them to all that is wonderful about this country.  We continue to hear from people whose lives he touched. Loving Xulhaz was also a loving person.He treated everyone with the highest amount of respect and love and showed great enthusiasm in all that he did.  He loved not only his friends and colleagues, but the arts, flowers, and plants–so much so that he planted a banana tree in his basement!

By Marcia Bernicat on সোমবার, ২৪ এপ্রিল ২০১৭ ১৬:২৫