Ms. Anita Ashok Datar, 41, an Indian-origin American aid worker was among the 27 victims of the terrorist massacre in Bamako, Mali.
On 21st November, armed Islamist extremists barged into the Radisson Blu hotel, a luxury hotel in Bamako, Mali, taking around 170 people hostage, including 20 Indians and killing at least 27 of them. No other Indian causality is reported except of Ms. Anita. The Indians who were safely evacuated by a team of UN, Mali and French soldiers, were employees of a Dubai-based company.
Anita, a senior manager at Palladium, an international development firm with offices in Washington dedicated her entire life to promoting healthcare and education in some of the poorest regions in the world, believing it will prevent violence and terrorism. She was in Bamako as part of her 18-year beat in global health and international development programme, which began with a stint in the US Peace Corps in Senegal during the late 1990s, when the terrorist incident happened.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who knew Datar personally, said she "represented the best of America's generous spirit. Anita Datar was a bright light who gave help and hope to people in need around the world, especially women and families"
She contributed in one of the poorest and war-hit countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Guatemala, Guyana and Bangladesh. Anita Ashok Datar, who was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Jersey, her parents belonged to Maharashtra, India.